Plagiarism Video

[Cross-posted on Re:Generations]

A nice video on plagiarism, but I wonder how effective these types of scare tactics are in getting students to play by the rules.  I'm also skeptical of plagiarism detection services like Ephorus and Turn-it-in, and am opposed to their use and promotion in higher education.  But - besides that, the video's well-made...

via  Librarians Matter


Students, Research, and Wikipedia

As mentioned in Stephen's Lighthouse, there's an interesting article on student use of wikipedia in the latest issue of First Monday. 

Figure 2: Why do students use Wikipedia for course–related research?
Of the paper's conclusions, this was the one that caught mine eye:



Overall, college students use Wikipedia. But, they do so knowing its limitation. They use Wikipedia just as most of us do — because it is a quick way to get started and it has some, but not deep, credibility.


Which affirms my mostly unsubstantiated belief that the populations I work with most frequently (grad students) both a) understand the limitations of Wikipedia and b) continue to use it during their medical education.*  I don't necessarily see this as a problem as long as they understand how the information they find in Wikipedia compares to the information they find in an evidence-based resource.  In fact, for what it's worth, using Wikipedia as a comparison to, say, Cochrane would probably help highlight and clarify some of the key characteristics of evidence-based medicine and evidence-based resources.


*  The paper deals exclusively with an undergraduate population, so my unsubstantiated belief remains unsubstantiated.


The Future of Publishing

Great style.


Nice Google Settlement Chart

From the Library Copyright Alliance.  Click the image for the pdf.


My Year in Reading '09

Of the books I read for the first time this year, these are the 9 I liked best.  I didn't include the old faves, like A Small Place, Omon Ra, and Everything Flows, all of which I reread.  No particular order.  Alphabetical.

Row 1, L-R: The Book of Chameleons; The Complete Maus; The Darkroom of Damocles

Row 2, L-R: An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter; Homage to Czerny, Oryx and Crake

Row 3, L-R: Persepolis, The Road, The Sirens of Titan