Professional Ethics Journal Entries

Professional Ethics Journal Entries
Entry #1 (Ethics and Integrity in Academia)
Over the duration of the semester, as a class we have spent a considerable amount of time on
the APA manual and its notions of professional ethics and integrity. We focused on the purpose of
correct citation and also issue of plagiarism. It is important to note that it takes an entire lifetime to
create a reputation but only one false move to destroy it. In that I as a student really respect the notion
of academic and professional honesty inside as well as outside the classroom. In a scholoary society
ones reputation is how the academic community views you, your opinions, and also whether anything
you’ve accomplished is worth validating.
Entry #2 (Importance of Citation in a Social Setting)
Citing your sources is imperative in a social setting. In my reading of The Craft of Research, I
have taken note of the ramifications of plagiarism other than those of self-interest. Excluding the
consequences for being caught plagiarizing, there are several notions as to why citation is of
importance. The main one being your ethos, without the availability of sources in your paper people will
be less willing to trust you. Second, prominent researchers in the field may fell as though you can’t be
trusted with larger tasks if you falter with such an obvious one. And lastly, if this was an assignment
from a professor, by not using citation you are simply showing them that they have failed in teaching
that aspect of writing to you.
Entry#3 (Attributing in Class Work to Outside Work)
During my groups presentation on chapters 12 and 13 of The Craft of Research, I learned not
lonely the intended lesson for that days assigned reading but also one of trust. Let me begin by tending
to the books lesson, in it we see a point referring to overcoming writers block or procrastination. As I
read this, I could almost see this being attributed to my current situation involving some uncooperative
group members. The book said to break up the work accordingly and to set reasonable goals, in the past
we had expected that everyone would be working at the same level and that we could expect the same
effort out of everyone. Now we know better, and now we just have to work that much harder.