January 2009 Archives

Who Owns Your Scholarship? event Feb. 16

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Plagiarize the plagiarism policies

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from the Chronicle...
"In 2007, after several high-profile plagiarism scandals, Southern Illinois University released a 17-page report on how to deal with the issue. The report includes a lengthy definition of plagiarism, explaining exactly what does and does not merit the dreaded "p" word.

One problem: That definition appears to have been plagiarized."


By the way....did you know you can access the Chronicle of Higher Edu for free through the Library? Learn more about getting access and getting it right to your email or RSS reader: http://www.lib.umn.edu/site/chronicle.phtml

New Assignment Calculator is Up!

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After many hours of hard work by librarians, programmers and a variety of others we are please to announce a new Beta version of the Calculator is here.

New features include:
• New assignments (Video/Media, Speech/Presentation).
• Instructor control possible over steps to reflect actual due dates.
• Add/Remove/Rearrange individual assignment steps.
• Ability to add personalized notes and links to assignment steps.

Link to new Assignment Calculator: https://tools.lib.umn.edu/ac/

More information coming soon!

ABC's Lost tv show inspires some book reading

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lost.jpgI just heard and interesting story on National Public Radio (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=99296794)

Three Books...
by Jen Chaney
'Lost' Literature: Not Just For Desert Islands

"I think constantly about the ABC drama: when I'm in the shower, walking my dog, even when I'm watching other TV shows. I also frequently visit my local library to dig up copies of the books that have appeared on the show. Hold up, you say. There's literature on Lost?"

Here are the books Chaney discusses:

Watership Down, by Richard Adams
The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James
Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut

Read more at her blog including information on the book club: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/artsandliving/television/features/2007/lost-central/

Workshop on Designing Research Assignments

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Please join us for Designing Effective Library Research Assignments

Do your students have trouble selecting appropriate sources? Do they too often rely on Google and Wikipedia? Learn strategies to design engaging library research assignments. Discuss assumptions faculty make about students skills and challenges students face when using the library.

Time: Monday, January 12, 2009 11:30 AM -- 12:30 PM
Location: Walter Library Room 314
Available Seats: 14
To register go to: http://www.lib.umn.edu/registration/ or feel free to drop in.

Library Workshops for Graduate Students and Instructors (Go to: http://www.lib.umn.edu/registration/ to register)

Some Rights Reserved: An Introduction to Creative Commons
Monday, January 12, 2009 9:00 AM -- 10:00 AM at Magrath Library Instruction Room - St. Paul

Search workshop: Habits of Effective Searchers
Monday, January 12, 2009 10:30 AM -- 11:30 AM at Magrath Library Instruction Room - St. Paul

Research Made Easy: Discover the Web of Science
Monday, January 12, 2009 2:00 PM -- 3:00 PM at Walter Library 310

Google for Researchers
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 2:00 PM -- 3:00 PM at Walter Library 310

How do I Know I Found Everything?
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 10:30 AM -- 11:30 AM at Magrath Library Instruction Room - St. Paul

Advanced RefWorks
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 9:00 AM -- 10:00 AM at Magrath Library Instruction Room - St. Paul

Gather News and Updates with Web feeds like RSS
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 10:30 AM -- 11:30 AM at Magrath Library Instruction Room - St. Paul

Journal Impact Factors, Who is Citing Whom, and How Often
Thursday, January 15, 2009 10:30 AM -- 11:30 AM at Magrath Library Instruction Room - St. Paul

Grant Funding for Graduate Students
Thursday, January 15, 2009 9:00 AM -- 10:15 AM at Magrath Library Instruction Room - St. Paul

Web Tools for Working Collaboratively
Thursday, January 15, 2009 3:30 PM -- 4:30 PM at Walter Library 310

Workshop: Formatting Your Dissertation in Word 2007
Friday, January 16, 2009 9:00 am to 11:00 am at Magrath Library Instruction Room-St. Paul

Digital Writing tool--Google Docs

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Here are some suggests from Google on how to use Google Docs in the classroom:

including using collaborative writing and their new survey function to get feedback

Bad for Truth

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A commentary in Forbes explores the future of media and truth in the age of the Internet looking at music, Iraq and art. Here are a few quotes which struck me:

"Here is the reductio ad absurdum of endless "inclusivity" or "inclusiveness"--it ultimately destroys the category that contains it. Endless truths destroy the notion of truth."

"The Internet, by its nature, destroys that shaping experience by which countries or cultures live a "moment" together. It's not a normative medium as the BBC was in my youth. It simply feeds the consumer's pre-formed tastes, it doesn't form them. If you know what you want, the Internet is a great tool. But how do you develop your tastes, or political biases or moral code--the criteria that help you to choose--in the first place? My bet is, in the coming decades, it won't be through the media anymore."

The Internet Is Bad For The Truth
Melik Kaylan, 12.23.08