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CCCC Ethical Conduct of Research Involving Human Participants: A Bibliography

This bibliography presents sources that composition researchers can use to supplement the “CCCC Guidelines for the Ethical Conduct of Research in Composition Studies.” The guidelines are available at March 2015)

Associations’ Statements of Ethics

American Anthropological Association. “Principles of Professional Responsibility.” 1 November 2012.

American Educational Research Association. “AERA Code of Ethics.” February 2011.

American Folklore Society. “A Statement of Ethics for the American Folklore Society.” 1988.

American Historical Association. “Statement on Standards of Professional Conduct.” 2011.

Association of Internet Researchers. “Ethics.” 2015.
2002: Ethical decision-making and Internet research: Recommendations from the AoIR ethics working committee
2012: Ethical decision-making and Internet research 2.0: Recommendations from the AoIR ethics working committee

American Psychological Association. “Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct 2010.” 1 June 2010.

American Political Science Association. “A Guide to Professional Ethics in Political Science,” 2nd ed. 2012

American Sociological Association. “Code of Ethics.” 2008.

Modern Language Association. “Statement of Professional Ethics.” 2004.

Oral History Association. “Oral History and Best Practices.” October, 2009.

Society of American Archivists. “SAA Core Values Statement and Code of Ethics.” May 2011.

Society of Professional Journalists. “SPJ Code of Ethics.” 6 September 2014

Human Subject Research and Academic Freedom

Abbott, Lura, and Christine Grady. “A Systematic Review of the Empirical Literature Investigating IRBs: What We Know and What We Still Need to Learn.” Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics 6.1 (2011): 3–19.

American Association of University Professors. “Protecting Human Beings: Institutional Review Boards and Social Science Research.” Academe 87.3 (2001): 55–67.

Boateng, Boatema. The Copyright Thing Doesn’t Work Here Anymore: Adinkra and Kente Cloth and Intellectual Property in Ghana. Minneapolis: U Minnesota P, 2011.

Office for Human Research Protections. "Federalwide Assurance (FWA) for the Protection of Human Subjects," 17 June 2011.

Tierney, William G., and Zoë Blumberg Corwin. “The Tensions Between Academic Freedom and Institutional Review Boards.” Qualitative Inquiry 13.3 (2007): 388–398. 

Law, Copyright, and Intellectual Property

Biagioli, Mario, Peter Jaszi, and Martha Woodmansee, eds. Making and Unmaking Intellectual Property: Creative Production in Legal and Cultural Perspective. U Chicago P, 2011.

Butler, Paul. “Copyright, Plagiarism, and the Law.” Authorship in Composition Studies. Ed. Tracy Hamler Carrick and Rebecca Moore Howard. New York: Wadsworth, 2006. 13–27.

“Copyright Office Basics.” U.S. Government. July 2006.

Herrington, TyAnna K. Intellectual Property on Campus: Students’ Rights and Responsibilities. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 2010.

Hobbs, Renee. Copyright Clarity: How Fair Use Supports Digital Learning. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin, 2010.

Intellectual Property Caucus of the Conference on College Composition and Communication. “The CCCC-IP Annual: Top Intellectual Property Developments of 2013” [and all years back to 2005].  Available from

Kennedy, Krista and Rebecca Moore Howard.  “Introduction to the Special Issue on Western Cultures of Intellectual Property.”  College English (2013): 75.5. 461–469.

Lessig, Lawrence. The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World. New York: Random House, 2001.

Lessig, Lawrence. Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy. New York: Penguin Books, 2009.

Pfannenstiel, A. Nicole. “Digital Literacies and Academic Integrity.” International Journal of Educational Integrity 6.2 (2010).

Rife, Martine Courant. Invention, Copyright, and Digital Writing. Southern Illinois UP, 2013.

Rife, Martine Courant, Shaun Slattery, and Danielle Nicole DeVoss, eds. Copy(write): Intellectual Property in the Writing Classroom. Anderson, SC: Parlor, 2011.

Vaidhyanathan, Siva. Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How It Threatens Creativity. New York: New York UP, 2001.

General Disciplinary Discussions of Research Ethics

Anderson, Paul V. “Simple Gifts: Ethical Issues in the Conduct of Person-Based Composition Research.” College Composition and Communication 49.1 (1998): 63–89.

Barton, Ellen. “The Implications of Narrative: A Reply to Seth Kahn.” College Composition and Communication 52.2 (2000): 292–96.

Barton, Ellen. “Further Contributions from the Ethical Turn in Composition/Rhetoric: Analyzing Ethics in Interaction.” College Composition and Communication 59.4 (2008): 596–632.

Barton, Ellen, and Susan Eggly. “Ethical or Unethical Persuasion? The Rhetoric of Offers to Participate in Clinical Trials.” Written Communication 29.3 (2009): 295–319.

Denzin, Norman K., and Yvonna S. Lincoln, eds. Handbook of Qualitative Research. 4th ed. Newbury Park, CA: SAGE, 2011.

Greer, Jane. “Refiguring Authorship, Ownership, and Textual Commodities: Meridel Le Sueur’s Pedagogical Legacy.” College English 65.6 (2003): 607–625.

Haswell, Janis, Maureen Hourigan, and Lulu C. H. Sun. “Affirming the Need for Continued Dialogue: Refining an Ethic of Students and Student Writing in Composition Studies.” Journal of Teaching Writing 18.1–2 (2000): 84–111.

Hesford, Wendy S., and Eileen E. Schell. “Introduction: Configurations of Transnationality: Feminist Rhetorics.” College English 70.5 (2008): 461–470. Print.

Kahn, Seth. “Rethinking the Historical Narratives of Composition’s Ethics Debate.” College Composition and Communication 52.2 (2000): 287–92.

Kirsch, Gesa E. Ethical Dilemmas in Feminist Research: The Politics of Location, Interpretation, and Publication. Albany: State U of New York P, 1999.

Kirsch, Gesa E. “The Challenges of Conducting Ethically Responsible Research.” Practicing Research in Writing Studies: Reflexive and Ethically Responsible Research. Eds. Katrina M. Powell and Pamela Takayoshi. New York: Hampton P, 2012. 409–414.

Lamos, Steve. “Institutional Critique in Composition Studies: Methodological and Ethical Considerations for Researchers.” Writing Studies Research in Practice: Methods and Methodologies. Ed. Lee Nickoson and Mary P. Sheridan. Carbondale, Southern Illinois UP, 2012.

Mountford, Roxanne, and Richard Hansberger. “Doing Fieldwork in the Panopticon: A Response to Paul Anderson.” Aug. 1998. CCC Online.

Nickoson, Lee, and Mary P. Sheridan, eds. Writing Studies Research in Practice: Methods and Methodologies. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 2012.

Powell, Katrina M., and Pamela Takayoshi, eds. Practicing Research in Writing Studies: Reflexive and Ethically Responsible Research. New York: Hampton Press, 2012.

Powell, Katrina M., and Pamela Takayoshi. “Accepting Roles Created for Us: The Ethics of Reciprocity.” College Composition and Communication 54 (2003): 394–421.

Ridolfo, Jim. “Delivering Textual Diaspora: Building Digital Cultural Repositories as Rhetoric Research.” College English 76.2 (2013): 136–151.

Royster, Jacqueline Jones, and Gesa E. Kirsch. Feminist Rhetorical Practices: New Horizons for Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy Studies. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois UP, 2012.

Schneider, Barbara. “Ethical Research and Pedagogical Gaps.” College Composition and Communication 58.1 (2006): 70–88.

Traywick, Deaver. “Preaching What We Practice: RCR Instruction for Undergraduate Researchers in Writing Studies.” Undergraduate Research in English Studies. Ed. Laurie Grobman and Joyce Kinkead. Urbana: IL: NCTE, 2010. 51–73.

Williams, Bronwyn T. and Mary Brydon-Miller. “Changing Directions: Participatory Research, Agency, and Representation.” Ethnography Unbound: From Theory Shock to Critical Praxis. Eds. Stephen G. Brown and Sidney I. Dobrin. Albany: State U of New York P, 2004.

Discussion of Ethics in Creative Nonfiction

Bloom, Lynn Z. “Living to Tell the Tale: The Complicated Ethics of Creative Nonfiction.” College English 65.3 (2003): 276–89.

Bradley, William. “The Ethical Exhibitionist’s Agenda: Honesty and Fairness in Creative Nonfiction.” College English 70.2 (2007): 202–15.

Cheney, Thomas A. Rees. “Ethical Considerations.” Writing Creative Nonfiction: Fiction Techniques for Crafting Great Nonfiction. Berkeley: Ten Speed P, 2001. 222–36.

Williams, Bronwyn. “Never Let the Truth Stand in the Way of a Good Story.” College English 65.3 (2003): 290–304.

Conducting Studies Involving Digital/Online Media

Adkins, Tabetha. “Researching the ‘Un-Digital’ Amish Community: Methodological and Ethical Reconsiderations for Human Subjects Research.” Community Literacy Journal 6.1 (2011): 39–53.

Bassett, E.H., and Kathleen O’Riordan. “Ethics of Internet Research: Contesting the Human Subject Research Model.” Ethics and Information Technology 4.3 (2002).

Bruckman, Amy. “Studying the Amateur Artist: A Perspective on Disguising Data Collected in Human Subjects Research on the Internet.” Ethics and Information Technology 4:3 (2002).

Buchanan, Elizabeth A., ed. Reading in Virtual Research Ethics: Issues and Controversies. Hershey: Information Science Publishing, 2003.

Enoch, Jessica and David Gold. “Introduction to the Special Issue on the Digital Humanities and Historiography in Rhetoric and Composition.” College English 76.2 (2013). 105–114.

McKee, Heidi. “Ethical and Legal Issues for Writing Researchers in an Age of Convergence.” Computers and Composition 25.1 (2008): 104–122.

McKee, Heidi, and Danielle Nicole DeVoss, eds. Digital Writing Research: Technologies, Methodologies, and Ethical Issues. Cresskill: Hampton, 2007.

McKee, Heidi A., and James E. Porter. The Ethics of Internet Research: A Rhetorical, Case-Based Process. New York: Lang, 2009.

McKee, Heidi, and James E. Porter. “The Ethics of Digital Writing Research: A Rhetorical Approach.” College Composition and Communication 59.4 (2008): 711–749.

Rose, Jeanne Marie. “When Human Subjects Become Cybersubjects: A Call for Collaborative Consent.” Computers and Composition 24.4 (2007): 462–477.

Conducting Studies Using Archival Work

Cohen, Daniel J., and Roy Rosenweig. Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Presenting, and Preserving the Past on the Web. Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 2006. Center for History and New Media.

Enoch, Jessica and Jean Bessette. “Meaningful Engagements: Feminist Historiography and the Digital Humanities.” College Composition and Communication 64.4 (2013): 634–660.

Enoch, Jessica, and David Gold, eds. Special Issue. “The Digital Humanities and Historiography in Rhetoric and Composition.” College English 76.2 (2013).

McKee, Heidi, and James E. Porter. “The Ethics of Archival Research.” College Composition and Communication 64.1 (2012). 59–81.

Morris, Charles E. “Archival Queer.” Rhetoric and Public Affairs 9.1 (Spring 2006): 145–51.Print

Powell, Malea. “Dreaming Charles Eastman: Cultural Memory, Autobiography, and Geography in Indigenous Rhetorical Histories.” Eds. Gesa Kirsch and Liz Rohan. Beyond the Archives: Research as a Lived Process. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 2008. 116–27.

Purdy, James. “Three Gifts of the Digital Archives.” Journal of Literacy and Technology 12.3 (2011): 24–49.

Ramsey, Alexis E., Wendy B. Sharer, Barbara L’Eplattenier, and Lisa S. Mastrangelo, eds. Working in the Archives: Practical Research Methods for Rhetoric and Composition. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 2010.

Ridolfo, Jim, William Hart-Davidson, Michael McLeod. “Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities: Imagining The Michigan State University Israelite Samaritan Collection as the Foundation for a Thriving Social Network.” The Journal of Community Informatics 7.3 (2011).

Tarez, Samra Graban. “From Location(s) to Locatability: Mapping Feminist Recovery and Archival Activity Through Metadata.” College English 76.2 (2013). 171–193.

Tesar, Marek. “Ethics and Truth in Archival Research.” History of Education: Journal of the History of Education Society 44.1 (2015): 101–114.

Theimer, Kate. “Archives in Context and as Context.” Journal of Digital Humanities. 1.2 (Spring 2012). Web.

Wells, Susan. “Claiming the Archive for Rhetoric and Composition.” Rhetoric and Composition as Intellectual Work. Ed. Gary A. Olson. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 2002. 55–64.

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