Practices Instructors Notice
Instructors know their discipline very well, and they have
considerable experience reading scholarly works. As a result, when
reading a student paper, faculty often notice when either ideas or
wording comes from another source.
Here are several common practices that instructors might notice.
- Ideas expressed reflect researchers known to the instructor.
- Ideas attributed to a researcher, but instructor is surprised the
research said what is claimed.
- Paper uses concepts, arguments, terminology, phrasing that suggest
substantially more or different background that what has been covered in class.
- An unusual or incorrect problem solution is found on multiple papers.
Example: When researchers submit papers to journals or
conferences, the manuscripts are usually sent to reviewers for review
- In many context, work is "double blind":
Author not told who the reviewers are.
Reviewers not told who the author is.
In many cases, when I get "anonymous" papers to review, I recognize the work and can infer the authors.
- Writing style changes from one part of a paper to another.
- Paper uses words that students are unlikely to know.
- Argument given is familiar to instructor.
created 17 August 2013|
last revised 20 August 2013