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Writing Ethically and Well: Plagiarism, Patchwriting and the Thesis/Dissertation

This is the introduction to a series of videos for graduate students on plagiarism and how to avoid it.


Related Documents

These are documents I hand out at the workshops I've given on plagiarism for the Graduate College. They relate to the presentation.


Writing Ethically and Well - Presentation Videos

While the following videos (with sound) may be watched in any order, they are best seen in sequence, as the concepts explained in each build upon each other. Click on the "CC" button in each to see the closed captioned text.

  • Plagiarism Defined
    Runtime: 02:20 min
    How does WMU define plagiarism and what are the consequences for engaging in it?
  • Plagiarism: Why Does It Matter?
    Runtime: 03:02 min
    So why do we care about plagiarism? Is anyone really being harmed when we copy text (with or without attribution) from other writers?
  • Graduate Students and Source Text Use
    Runtime: 06:34 min
    What does the literature tell us about graduate students and the issues they face writing theses and dissertations and working with sources?
  • Non-native Speakers and Source Text Use
    Runtime: 02:30 min
    A number of published research studies in the fields of writing composition and second-language instruction that seem to indicate that non-native English speakers, that is students and researchers for whom English is a second language, may have more issues with plagiarism than native English speakers.
  • Why Do Students Copy Sources?
    Runtime: 02:24 min
    So why do graduate students and other researchers copy source text?
  • Patchwriting - Some Examples
    Runtime: 02:27 min
    In which we see how verbatim text from one scholarly article is copied repeatedly in other scholarly articles over several years.
  • What Counts as Plagiarism?
    Runtime: 03:46 min
    This video addresses questions such as "How much do you need to change before it is not plagiarism?" and "How much material (or how many words) can I use without a citation?"
  • Writing Well (and Avoiding Plagiarism)
    Runtime: 10:22 min
    After all this talk about types of plagiarism and why graduate students copy sources, let's discuss ways that you can write well and avoid plagiarizing your sources in the process. For a nice set of guidelines, see Miguel Roig's "Avoiding Plagiarism" document on the web.
  • When Is It OK to Copy?
    Runtime: 02:51 min
    Believe it or not, there are occasions when it is OK to copy short strings of text in academic writing.

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