Students in Independent Research Project Classes This Summer

Welcome to the summer 2017 semester!

If you are taking an independent research project class this summer to fulfill the upper-level writing requirement, you may be required to watch the Scholarly Writing Series programs, so please keep reading. (And even if you are not required to watch the Scholarly Writing Series programs, the programs are a great resource to you as you are working on your IRP paper.)

These programs are available, as web casts on a Westlaw TWEN page entitled, “Stetson’s Scholarly Writing Series.” Each program is about 40 to 50 minutes long. The four programs that are offered in the series are

  1. Introduction to Scholarly Writing;
  2. Selecting a Topic and Conducting Research (presented by Professor Trammell);
  3. Organizing a Scholarly Paper and Writing a Thesis (presented by me); and
  4. Proper Attribution (presented by me).

On the left-hand side of the TWEN page, you will see not only the links to the web casts, but also the handouts or power points that accompany the presentations.

The release of these programs will be staggered. All four videos (and accompanying handouts) will be available throughout the semester; however, the quizzes (that accompany the three “main” programs—numbers 2, 3, and 4 above) will be released during the time in which you should be at that specific point in the writing process. All three quizzes—Selecting a Topic and Conducting Research; Organizing a Scholarly Paper and Writing a Thesis; and Proper Attribution—will be released on Monday, June 5, at 8:00 a.m., and will close on Sunday, August 6, at 5:00 p.m.

The three quizzes, referenced above, will serve as the attendance for the web casts. Documentation of who has taken the quizzes will be forwarded to the professors teaching seminar courses or supervising independent research projects.

If you have any general questions about the Scholarly Writing Series programs, please contact me ( You will find additional information about the programs in the Scholarly Writing Series policy located on the Stetson website.

Professor Bowman