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The 2013 Digital Humanities awards came out relatively recently, offering an array of amazing projects to peruse — some public, some academic, all worth a gander.  It is worth highlighting that the best InfoGraphic award covered statistics on why “Humanities Matter” [PDF]  — making the infographic a meta-DH project of sorts.

As a follow-up to the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities’ “Quantifying Digital Humanities” infographic from 2012 (PDF), The Humanities Matter! starts a more expansive effort by the Center and 4Humanities to gather statistics and create infographics about the humanities. The Humanities Matter! is part of the 4Humanities Humanities Infographics initiative, including Infographics Friday online posts.

Another DH-for-fun award went to Serendip-o-matic — which acts as a federated-serendipitous-search engine:  insert a block of text, and the applet finds related images culled from the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and Europeana digital Libraries.

If you are curious about Digital Humanities at St. John’s, the next CTL Interdisciplinary Roundtable discussion will focus on Digital Humanities, on Monday April 7th; where Jen Travis will facilitate discussions about “projects and pedagogies of this emerging field.”  If you are interested in learning more about creating infographics, or using them as an alternative research project, the University Libraries are hosting an edutech workshop on infographics on Wed. April 2nd.  Does unearthing the treasures of the DPLA sound appealing?  Does making your own a mash-up of the DPLA resource-data sound sound intriguing ?  If so, join us Wednesday, April 9th, for a workshop on DPLA and engage with new treasure trove of primary resources and the meta-data that makes it tick!

As mentioned in a previous August post, RefWorks has a new interface as of 2012…RefWorks 2.0.

Current users may notice some changes in layout, and some improvements in functionality;  find out what’s different/new.

New users can get a Preview of what RefWorks 2.0 can do for you as a citation manager.

Want to learn more about RefWorks on your own? RefWorks webinars and tutorials can get you going; our RefWorks LibGuide can also help answer questions.

If you prefer to learn in person,with a librarian, stop by an StJ Libraries Workshop or make an appointment with your librarian.

The plagiarism stories that get the most coverage in the news revolve around authors [e.g.: Markham, Viswanathan],  journalists [e.g.: Blair,  Marr] , politicians [e.g.: Senator BidenMinister Guttenberg ],  or academics [students to Harvard Professors]  — these cases seem especially newsworthy as they are folks who “should know better.”   Thus, it is more than a little disconcerting when the Chronicle features an article that essentially says we should give up on being “obsessed” with citation in academia.

While we may be familiar with publishing companies pulling novels after discovering plagiarized plot-lines and passages, or universities pulling degrees from plagiarized theses,  it is worth noting that it is often not the editors nor professors, but the reading public, who are “discovering” the plagiarism.  Of course plagiarism is not limited to the written word, but also to paintings, photos, music-sampling, methodologies, etc.  Web Search engines and software like Turnitin make it easy enough to discover these cases,  and the social web allows for quick dissemination of these accusations — whether list-servs, discussion boards, blogs, Facebook or twitter.  It seems that although we shouldn’t be obsessed with citation mechanics, the functions of proper citation are appreciated by the public at large…so let’s not give up on our StJ students quite yet.

The Libraries and the LEAD program have worked together on a plagiarism workshop in the “Academic track” of the LEAD program. Many student-leaders might struggle with their own academic writing, but they also co-ordinate their organization’s correspondence, write newsletters, update news on Facebook/twitter pages etc.  LEAD and the libraries try to help these students avoid the pitfalls of poor research, poor citation, and copyright infringement in a social-web world and to  “understand the impact that technology could have on organizational [and academic] communications, not only in terms of both the commission and the discovery of plagiarism, but in the quick dissemination of ill-researched information or mis-information. We also thought they also needed to be aware that the “re-mix/mashup” mentality among students could have ethical and legal ramifications for organizational leaders who have official publication venues” (Maio & Shaughnessy, 2012).

The LEAD plagiarism workshops are scheduled twice each semester, but if you would like to request a workshop for your department or club, we stand ready to help out anytime, with this topic, or to help you tailor a workshop session for your class/group.

For more information on the LEAD certificate program, visit their site.

For more information on the Libraries’ resources about plagiarism and citation consult our LibGuides on Plagiarism, Proper citation (why we cite) , RefWorks (how to cite), Turnitin (how unitinentional plagairism can be identified) the relationship between copyright and plagiarism, creative commons, and why plagiarism still makes news!

(Forthcoming 2011).   Maio, N and K.G. Shaughnessy. “Promoting Collaborative Leaders In The St. John’s University Community”  Libraries and student affairs in collaboration.  Hinchliffe, Lisa Janicke and Melissa Wong, eds.  Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries.

Refworks 2.0 link in upper right corner, next to Home

RefWorks is one of a number of bibliographic management programs that are available to the staunch researcher.  If you are a dedicated RefWorks user, you might want to take a look at the new RefWorks 2.0 interface that launched earlier this week.  The “Classic” interface  will be accessible until the end of the year (so you have an adjustment period), but if you want to review some of the highlights of the new interface, check out this video which highlights the differences between the old and new interfaces.

Also, if you want to play with the new interface before the end of the semester you will see links to access RefWorks 2.0 in the upper, right-hand corner at the log-in stage (pictured left, above)

Additionally, after you are logged in,  there is a link that lets you toggle back and forth between the classic and 2.0 interfaces in the upper, right-hand corner of your account screen (pictured right, below).

Toggle link lets you switch between classic and 2.0 interface

If you are new to RefWorks, you might consider looking into the new interface from the start — this preview video for new users will show you some of the features.

For those who like to learn on their own, but would like some extra help, there are free webinars and tutorials available from RefWorks.

Of course, for those of you who like a hands-on workshop, we offer in-library workshops on RefWorks and Zotero (another, open-source Bibliographic Management system)– among other topics. Register for one today!

Welcome to those who are new to St. John’s…classes start soon, and we look  forward to meeting you and helping you acclimate to your new research environment! 

Welcome back to our student friends who are looking forward to new academic adventures.  If you need a little jumpstart on library resources and workshops, check out the new Queens Library Workshops schedule for Fall, or request a workshop  for your  cohort,  club,  graduate class or thesis support group.

Welcome  back to our faculty colleagues, in addition to working with you on your research, and helping incorporate Library resources into your courses, we pass along this link to the August “Special Issue” from the Center for Teaching and Learning regarding the new schedule and working around no “exam week.”  Look for more information about CTL on their CampusGuides page.    Interested in using CampusGuides for your class?  Contact campusguides@stjohns.edu  for more information.

We are also  working on a few book discussion groups  (including Graphic Novels, “Even Deadlier Sins” from the Great Books series, “Reading Memoirs” and “Read It, See It” (movie/book discussion group). Keep on eye out for more blog entries on these programs, or contact Outreach Librarian, Caroline Fuchs for more information.

While we offer a number of workshops regarding library research — including  the finding, evaluating, organizing, citing, and publishing of research  –  the issue of “plagiarism” rivals both “bad research” and “disinformation”  in terms of  academic and professional concerns.

The library is proud to work in conjunction with the LEAD program to offer workshops to student leaders who would like to more fully understand the issues behind plagiarism and the fallout of  plagiarism outside the university.*    Our next Joint  Library-LEAD session will be on March 23rd during Common Hour.  For more information and registration for this workshop, please click here.  

L.E.A.D. (Leadership, Education, And Development) is a non-credit program of individual and group training, workshops and overnight conferences dedicated to helping St. John’s University students interested in developing and enhancing their leadership skills. Sponsored by the Department of Student Life, L.E.A.D. complements the student’s education by teaching skills and providing students with the tools necessary for effective leadership.  Through the student’s involvement in L.E.A.D., he or she will begin to hone their knowledge and understanding of time management, decision-making, proper planning, critical thinking, oral presentation and much more.

For more information on LEAD, see their website)   For more information about the LEAD Student Leadership Program or Women In Leadership Program, contact Natalie Maio at (718) 990-2103 or LEAD@stjohns.edu.  For questions about the Servant Leadership Program, contact Maggie Bach at (718) 990-7681 or LEAD@stjohns.edu.

(* As noted in an earlier entry,  plagiarism is not the same as copyright violation, although one issue may “complicate” the other, inside or outside the university) .

Tiara, Jessica and Natalie shine!

Tiara, Jessica and Natalie shine!

While they were never really in harm’s way, three students contestants took part in a Library Jeopardy Challenge during common hour today.  All three shone brightly and helped the rest of the audience get to know a little more about Information, communications and technology topics — like RSS, Copyright, citations, and other research resources — with humor and grace. After a close contest, Jessica won the challenge, but all three contestants got their pick of gift cards, as did 3 audience members.  So winners all around! Thanks to all the participants!

Upcoming Programs@the Library include:

Monday 2/9: Breaker Morant — part of the Law, Liberty and Moral responsibility Film Series, led by Dr. Rasmussen. 7pm in the Honors Commons; all St. John’s Community members are welcome.

Tuesday 2/10: RSS workshop — Real Simple Syndication allows you to set up your own personalized home page, through which you can receive updates from all of your favorite web resources, personal or scholarly. This session will include a brief discussion of the principles of RSS, show you how to set up your own RSS page, and add feeds from any web sites you choose.

For more Programs@the Library, check out our library events calendar (also linked in our blogroll).  To make suggestions for future programs, please email Caroline Fuchs or Kathryn Shaughnessy

Craig Silverman’s Regret the error blog tracks the range of errors (and, in some cases, a lack of errata acknowledgements) found in various English-language news sources. Recent entries include a posting on plagiarism in a March 11th NYTimes article regarding New York’s gubernatorial succession process, while another notes a Sun-Sentinel subtitle typo for an “AP story about the hallucinogenic plant salvia divinorum,” they mistakenly ran a subtitle which read “Bill makes possession of Saliva a felony.”

picture of author erasing pencilWhile it could easily be passed over as a “Leno’s Headlines” site, upon closer examination it is a good resource for class discussions on the serious responsibilities writers have towards their reader, including fact-checking, spell-checking, plagiarism and ways to handle errors in online publications, since print, audio, video and online-text versions of a publication often handle error-correction in different ways, whether out of a desire to bury an embarrassing mistake or out of technical necessity. An example of the latter would be the use of strikeout letters to leave original error text in a blog, but to put a line through it, and then add the corrected text – this practice alerts blog readers to post-publication edits.

In addition to providing timely examples of plagiarism, the blog’s 2007 Plagiarism/Fabrication Round-Up entry can provide a good springboard for discussing the different types of plagiarism and the consequences outside of a strictly academic environment. The advent of “digi-born” and multimedia resources, including blogs, wikis, videos, and podcasts requires resource-savvy authors to keep up with protocols for original citations and subsequent corrections. The proliferation of online and social resources can also contribute to making the rules of plagiarism more confusing for some students, while simultaneously making intentional plagiarism both easier to execute and easier to discover for others.

Please note that the Library provides a number of Information Literacy resources to support you in your efforts to helps students understanding the role of information resources in research and scholarship. For more assistance, please contact us at infoliteracy@stjohns.edu.

Picture courtesy of Washington University Writing Center Website, Accessed March 15, 2008, http://depts.washington.edu/wcenter/base.html

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