Thinking Through the Ethics of Writing and Research

The activities and prompts in this section ask you, the student, to consider ways of writing that would not involve your simply demonstrating what you know (or don’t know) or have learned, and to come up with ways that you might instead contribute to thought and knowledge from which others might benefit. If you reposition yourself as a thinker and writer rather than a performer who repackages information, you will want to work with others’ writing as part of that conversation. We hope you will come to see yourself as part of a community of people—thinkers, writers, researchers—who are trying to ask questions, figure out problems, and move some of that “figuring out” forward in ways that will interest and help others.

Being Original When It Looks Like There’s Nothing Left to Say

Why Quote?

How Do Experienced Writers Engage with Other Writers?