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McKee, H., & Porter, J. E. (2008). The Ethics of Digital Writing Research: A Rhetorical Approach. College Composition and Communication, 59(4), 711–749. http://www.jstor.org/stable/20457031


The study of writers and writing in digital environments raises distinct and complex ethical issues for researchers. Rhetoric theory and casuistic ethics, working in tandem, provide a theoretical framework for addressing such issues. A casuistic heuristic grounded in rhetorical principles can help digital writing researchers critically interrogate their research designs, carefully examine their relationships with research participants, and make sound ethical judgments.