Doing Honest Work in College *

how to prepare citations,
avoid plagiarism, and achieve
real academic success

* by Charles Lipson

Press Release
Curb plagiarism with Doing Honest Work in College

Publication Date: 15 April 2008 Paper • 260 pages • $14.00 • £7.50
UK Publication Date: 15 May 2008 ISBN: 978-0-226-48477-8
  (Also available in cloth)

With nearly 100,000 copies in print, Doing Honest Work in College has become an integral part of first-year experience programs and academic integrity seminars in universities across the country. Covering the major citation styles for a variety of disciplines, it also clearly explains the rules for class assignments, lab experiments, group work, and more.

It’s no surprise, then, that colleges nationwide that adopted Doing Honest Work in College have seen a real decline in cases of plagiarism and cheating. Here are just a few of their comments:

“In 2005 we ordered copies for our entire incoming class. The experience has been so positive that we are repeating it.… I have found this past term that the number of plagiarism cases has decreased dramatically from the same period last year.”—Enrica Quaroni, Disciplinary Officer for the Faculty of Arts at McGill University

“This fall we had no cases reported of first-year dishonesty. If you compare that to fall of 2004 where there were 10 first-year students, 12 in the spring, it›s quite dramatic.… I can’t prove it, but I do know that the fall-off in reports of a certain kind of problem coincides with the introduction of the book.”—Marnie McInnes, Dean of Academic Life at DePauw University

“Georgetown’s entering class will discover that we actually have given them what we expect will be a very useful book, Doing Honest Work in College. It will be one of the first things students see on their residence hall desks when they move in, and we hope they will realize how important the topic is.”—James J. O’Donnell, provost at Georgetown University

Updated to account for the electronic resources and new media that are now an essential part of student research, the second edition includes a full chapter on the practical details of digital note-taking. It also includes additional citation guidelines from the American Anthropological Association, making it the most comprehensive guide to academic honesty ever published.

Charles Lipson is professor and director of undergraduate studies in political science at the University of Chicago. His many books include Cite Right, How to Write a BA Thesis, and Succeeding as an International Student in the United States and Canada, all published by the University of Chicago Press.


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