Plagiarism – the capital sin in academia?

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Second-year master’s students are now toiling over their theses, which is hard enough in this beautiful weather. Some of them may also be burdened by a nagging doubt: what if I were suspected of plagiarism? Plagiarism can have severe consequences for the culprit and even ruin political careers years later. Here is what you should know about plagiarism and how to avoid it.

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Zotero, an essential component of your academic toolbox

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Each semester our colleague Catherine Brendow gives training sessions on Zotero attended by dozens of students. She has also written a quite comprehensive web guide to help students to use this tool. But what is Zotero and is it worth investing some time to learn how to use it? Here is why it is a great tool for anyone writing essays and theses.

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Introducing “ABD Stories”

Some fifty doctoral students graduate each year from the Graduate Institute. If pursuing doctoral studies always implies strategic choices with regards to the research topics, the path towards a thesis also remains a journey bespeckled with experiences and encounters. Because each path towards a PhD is unique, this podcast series is dedicated to the vagaries of doctoral students’ lives in Geneva.

https://abd-stories.simplecast.com

Paroma Ghose defended her PhD thesis in June 2020. In the first episode, she tells us about how she studied the lyrics of songs by rappers in France between 1981 and 2012, in order to write a history of the “Other”, or what she termed the “Fifth Estate”, in France.

Check it out on the podcast’s page and subscribe from your favourite app. More research podcasts are also available on our website.

Why Shouldn’t Your PhD Thesis be Accessible to Everyone?

A PhD thesis is the result of many years of hard work, and the author generally hopes it will be the start of a successful academic career. But quite often, it is only read by the authors themselves and their supervisors. Who should be allowed to access it, and how? Our colleague Catherine Brendow discusses the main reasons why PhD students are generally reluctant to make their thesis open access.

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