Credibility, Scholarship, and Plagiarism

This short podcast [06:13] was a lecture I created for my graduate students in the Master of Arts in Communication program at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C., in 2013. We were online only this term.

The most important part of the lecture, how to maintain document integrity and protect oneself, is rarely discussed when topics include credibility, scholarship, and plagiarism. There are timeless, valuable lessons we can learn to apply to our academic writing and scholarly discourse that can only take place when we rethink our objectives and methods.

Give a listen, log in, and leave a comment. I’m including here, also, excerpts from a recent missive that I posted in an online class. It builds on the premise laid out in the first part of the podcast lecture.


You must support all of your arguments and claims in all course submissions with material from weekly media, and outside sources where possible.

You must support all of your arguments and claims in all course submissions with material from weekly media, and outside sources where possible.

We don’t read course materials solely for pleasure, but to learn. The logical thing to do next is to address classroom prompts with everything we learned from the weekly materials.

If you read it, why would you not then share what you read? We never just chat in any submission.

If you read it, why would you not then share what you read?

Note that I don’t follow URLs. It is your job to work the URL material properly into your arguments and claims.

Let’s not reinvent the wheel or suggest our answers are better than the experts.

Despite what the media talking heads suggest, we don’t look smart by trying to sound smart. They look smart by carrying on educated conversations with other knowledgeable people. If I, as a nobody or wannabe, cite Socrates or Judith Butler or Jacques Derrida in relation to my text, I raise myself to their level of intellect.

If I, as a nobody or wannabe, cite Socrates or Judith Butler or Jacques Derrida in relation to my text, I raise myself to their level of intellect.

How powerful and awesome is that!

That does not happen with just casual chat or shared, isolated thoughts.

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