Citing Sources: When do I have to cite?

In over a decade of teaching, the #1 reason I find for student plagiarism is students not understanding when to cite a source. In this post, I’m going to get right to the point and tell you exactly when you need to cite.
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Publication: “Marianne Weber and the March For Our Lives Movement”

Today’s blog post is going to be short and sweet, because I get to brag a little but but don’t like to talk about myself.

I wrote a chapter for a book, and that book has been published, has landed in hard copy on my doorstep, and is for sale on Amazon. I’m chapter three.

Close-up of the table of contents for part I: Forgotten Founders. Chapter 1 is "John Stuart-Glennie's Lost Legacy," by Eugene Halton. Chapter 2 is "Annie Marion MacLean and Sociology at the University of Chicago and Hull House" by Mary Jo Deegan, and Chapter 3, "Marianne Weber and the March for Our Lives Movement" by me, Stacy L. Smith.

I’m sure that someday I will become jaded to such things, but I suspect that day will be a long time coming.

The book is intended for use in undergraduate theory classes, for the purpose of bringing marginalized or forgotten theorists back into the classroom? Did you know that Max Weber’s wife, Marianne, was well-respected and well-known in her time — at one point more so than hubby Max?

You can buy it here, or tell your library that you want a copy 🙂

Book cover for Forgotten Founders and Other Neglected Social Theorists. The cover shows the title, the editors (Christopher Conner, Nicholas Baxter, and David Dickens, over a picture of an old typewriter.
Book cover for Forgotten Founders and Other Neglected Social Theorists

 

 

 

Avoid Plagiarism: Take Good Notes

Most students have heard of plagiarism, and most also understand that plagiarism can have serious academic consequences (more about plagiarism in a later blog post). Many students, however, don’t have a good grasp of how to avoid plagiarizing even when they are trying not to. One strategy you can use is to take good notes while you are conducting your research.

How can you use note-taking to reduce your risk of plagiarism?
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Database Search Basics

You have a paper or project to do, and your teacher wants you to include academic “research.” In this post, I’ll show you some tips and tricks for getting the most out of the time you spend. A lot of students find the mechanics of database research to be overwhelming–by the end of this post, you should feel more confident.

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I say “grade-grubbing,” you say “it doesn’t hurt to ask:” on asking teachers to “bump” your final grade

The semester is over, and you’re in that limbo where all of your assignments have been turned in but the teacher hasn’t assigned final grades yet. It doesn’t look like you earned the grade you’d hoped for. Do you:

Email the teacher, asking them to raise your final grade to the next level?

Or

Accept that you earned what you earned and you need to try better next time?

Over 100 college professors weighed in to help you answer that question. Read on!

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Guest Spot: My Interview with Undergrad Made Easier

I’m so excited! My friends Adam and Dinur asked me to be the first guest interview for their podcast, Learning Made Easier. We’re all college professors that care about how well our students learn, and there’s something in the podcast for students and teachers alike. I had great fun, and I hope that you will enjoy it, too! Click the image, below, to go to the podcast and transcript.
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