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MLA Style Center Launches with Sample Papers and a Practice Template

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Back in April, I wrote about the publication of MLA’s 8th edition and its significant shift in focus (Shifting into 8th (On MLA’s new edition). The simplified approach is a response to the increasing mobility of digital texts and to what Tim Parks calls “an element of fetishism” that has “perhaps crept into what was […]

Give me some credit, please! (Exploring plagiarism through a series of clever case studies by Jen)

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I am usually pretty darn proud of my MLIS students’ work.  In going through my grad students’ final workshop presentations this semester, I found one just too useful not to share.  So I asked for permission. Jennifer Bigioni is now the School Library Media Specialist at Princeton (NJ) High School. Designed as a professional development […]

New info-infographics from EasyBib & Turnitin


Over the past couple of weeks, two companies released informative information literacy infographics. 1. EasyBib shared You are What You Write which revealed: Students don’t always outline, they like citation management tools, and they tend to procrastinate when writing research projects. Plagiarism is on the rise, according to an iParadigms/Turnitin study. Of the ten most […]

PaperRater rates my paper


I must admit I was suspicious of this one–I’ve always been suspicious of nonhuman writing assessments—but I now think PaperRater is a cool tool for students (and adults) interested in getting some feedback on their written work before they submit it for grading or publication. The free tool requires no registration and offers real-time, 24/7 […]