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Research & Scholarship

Fake News

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Defining Fake News: “Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: Everything else is public relations.” George Orwell wrote that. Except that he did not. Source attributions linking the statement to Orwell are omnipresent across many websites, and even within some academic journals. Yet, a connection is not established to Orwell having ever […]

Survey Results Highlight Value of Information Literacy and Common Language

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Recently released results from an EBSCO survey of over 200 undergraduate college students had a few surprises, as well as a number findings that are right in line with my own understanding of college students’ study and research habits. I found the following finding to be surprising and significant, as well as relevant to strategic […]

The Long Reach of Bad Data

Monday, May 5th, 2014

A previous blog post, Comings and Goings, described the challenges of managing electronic content when libraries are beholden to distributors who are often far removed from the content creators. This post also referenced the removal of 120 fake papers from subscription databases by the publishers IEEE and Springer. As reported in Nature News, computer scientist […]

Relevance of Information Literacy Skills for Business

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

The quiet winter break has given way to familiar signs of a new spring semester at the Syracuse University Libraries. Bird Library is a buzz with activity as students drop by Pages Café for a hot tea or coffee before staking out spots to read, study, and work on group projects. Learning Commons and Department […]