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. As …

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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 of …

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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 was …

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