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Internet Searches May Make You Think You’re Smarter Than You Are

Internet Searches May Make You Think You’re Smarter Than You Are | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The more we rely on the Internet, Fisher says, the harder it will be to draw a line between where our knowledge ends and the web begins. And unlike poring through books or debating peers, asking the Internet is unique because it’s so effortless.
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How to Research Like a Writer

How to Research Like a Writer | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

This profile of a science fiction writer and how he research is enmeshed in his creative process could be shared with students to demonstrate that research isn't for writing papers.

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Who's Afraid of Peer Review?

More on the sting operation conducted by a journalist who submitted a bogus article to hundreds of open access science journals--where it was accepted for publication with alarming frequency. 

"Acceptance was the norm, not the exception. The paper was accepted by journals hosted by industry titans Sage and Elsevier. The paper was accepted by journals published by prestigious academic institutions such as Kobe University in Japan. It was accepted by scholarly society journals. It was even accepted by journals for which the paper's topic was utterly inappropriate, such as the Journal of Experimental & Clinical Assisted Reproduction.

The rejections tell a story of their own. Some open-access journals that have been criticized for poor quality control provided the most rigorous peer review of all. For example, the flagship journal of the Public Library of Science, PLOS ONE, was the only journal that called attention to the paper's potential ethical problems, such as its lack of documentation about the treatment of animals used to generate cells for the experiment. The journal meticulously checked with the fictional authors that this and other prerequisites of a proper scientific study were met before sending it out for review. PLOS ONE rejected the paper 2 weeks later on the basis of its scientific quality."

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Looks good on paper

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"Scholarly article" just doesn't mean what it used to mean (or maybe we have been too trusting all along). In China, a combination of pressure to publish and earn national prestige along with financial incentives has created a market for fraud.

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Why “Googling It” Is Not Enough

Why “Googling It” Is Not Enough | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Thinkstock Has the Internet changed the way students conduct research?

Yet another response to last week's Pew Research Center report "How Teens Do Research in the Digital World."  Some suggestions here for research assignments that could encourage students to go beyond superficial search engine results.

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Critical reading for school leaders on the impact of school libraries on learning

Rutgers University Center for International scholarship in school libraries has  released the second part of their research into the impact of school libraries on learning.  Critical reading for school leaders


Via L2_S2S, Anu Ojaranta, Karen Bonanno, Dr. Laura Sheneman, Dennis T OConnor
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I tried to use the Internet to do historical research. It was nearly impossible.

I tried to use the Internet to do historical research. It was nearly impossible. | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
This mass of data we have, far from rendering the archive unintelligible, may give us richer and more fruitful answers. We just need to work out the right questions to ask.
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Educational Leadership:Building School Morale:Investigation—The New Research Report

Robert Marzano writes: "Students can learn a lot from writing the traditional research report—for example, how to research a topic, highlight main points, and use proper grammar and style. But teachers can expand this typical fare to be more robust, more challenging, and more closely related to the type of research that students will engage in throughout their lives—namely, investigation."

 
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Who Really Said That?

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All that is necessary for misquotes to triumph is for good scholars to do nothing.
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Corey Robin comes to a surprising conclusion about the phenomenon he calls "WAS" (Wrongly Attributed Statements).

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Hoax reveals ‘Wild West’ of open-access science journals | Toronto Star

Hoax reveals ‘Wild West’ of open-access science journals | Toronto Star | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Sting operation submits study, riddled with errors and written by imaginary authors, to 304 journals; 157 accept it for publication.
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Yet another reason we subscription databases are still worth the price of admission...

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How Teens Do Research in the Digital World | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

How Teens Do Research in the Digital World | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

A survey of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers finds that teens’ research habits are changing in the digital age.

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