Tag: evaluation

Is your dissertation thesis hot? Or not?

Picking a dissertation topic can be rough. You want to do something interesting to you, relevant to your field, and new. Plus, you have to get your mentor to sign off on it. Now you can add hotness to your list of criteria – a new website Is My Theses Hot or Not will let […]

(In)Accuracy on the Web

If you’ve ever asked a librarian about research on the internet, you’ve probably heard that you should be careful about the information you find. Most internet sites lack editors and fact checkers (that’s YOUR job), so there are many factual errors and inconsistencies that can creep in. That’s compounded by the fact that many websites […]

Peer Review Doesn’t Make Perfect

While we all know to read critically any information we locate on the free world wide web, sometime there’s a tendency to forget to read critically when it comes to published magazines and journals. Especially when it comes to Peer Reviewed journals, as they are referred to as the Gold Standard of Academic Publishing. But […]

The Perils of Web Search

The good, the bad, and the ugly of open internet research often show up here on Off The Shelf. No matter how often the librarians tout the library databases, we get plenty of learners who can’t get enough of internet search engines. And what about those internet search engines? They seem so benign, so useful. […]

Wikipedia & The Problem of Open Editing

Wikipedia has recently announced that they will be using expert editors on entries for living people. The general public will no longer be able to change an entry and see it posted immediately. From now on, an expert editor will have to approve the changes before they go live. This is designed to avoid some […]

Wikipedia’s Wikiality – Social Experiments and Their Victims

Erin recently blogged Are You Fooled by Bad Resources? Well it turns out journalists and sports reporters who didn’t take time to fact check have found themselves on the foolish side of Wikipedia-based social experiments. Shane Fitzgerald, an undergraduate student in Ireland, wanted to see what would happen if he posted a fake quote by […]

Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Sources: Do You Know the Difference?

Many times when working on a paper or some other project, your instructor asks you to use only primary resources. What do they mean? Primary resources are published research studies. They include the following sections: A research question, brief literature review, description of the study’s methodology, a discussion of results and any conclusions. If an […]

Are You Fooled by Bad Resources?

A blog at The Scientist magazine recently reported on a “fake” peer-reviewed journal that drug manufacturer Merck created along with the help of well-known academic publisher Elsevier. The journal was handed out to medical professionals as a way to advertise several Merck products. The journal in question, the Australasian Journal of Bone and Joint Medicine, […]

Titles Driving You to Abstraction?

Article titles are very tempting things. You run a library search, get this list of titles, and want to immediately click the full text link when you see a title that looks good. RESIST THAT TEMPTATION! Article titles may not give you all the information you need to make a decision about an article. With […]

Pssst . . . The Internet is Just Paper

When people talk about the internet, they tend to talk about how how much better it is than the print world. It’s fast, multi-media, and intricately connected. The screen is far beyond what paper could ever be. BUT . . . All this talk about the fabulous features of the internet can blur one important […]