Why I Believe in a Strict Academic Integrity Policy

What’s old is new again. A decade ago, I was part of a campus community that was discussing academic integrity issues [1]. Today, I’m involved in a similar discussion on a different campus. This conversation has prompted me to revisit my philosophy on academic integrity, which was influenced by three factors: 1. My religious background. AsContinue reading “Why I Believe in a Strict Academic Integrity Policy”

Wayback Machine: Beware of Augustus C. Buell: He’s A Fraud

I’m trying to finish off the Jackson manuscript and a SHEAR conference paper, so this week, I’m revisiting my post about Augustus C. Buell. From 6 January 2011: We hear far too often today about historians who plagiarize from their peers or who fabricate data. I’ve written here about Michael Bellesiles, but there are certainly plenty ofContinue reading “Wayback Machine: Beware of Augustus C. Buell: He’s A Fraud”

Michael Bellesiles’ Comeback

Michael Bellesiles’ new book 1877: America’s Year of Living Violently, is coming out next week. For those of you who don’t know or remember, in 2001-02, Bellesiles was accused of scholarly dishonesty and falsifying data in his award-winning book Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture. Arming America‘s critical argument was that widespread gun ownership wasContinue reading “Michael Bellesiles’ Comeback”