1. Steinhardt LaTeX template

    Given a wretched experience with using Microsoft Word for my Masters thesis 10 years ago, I decided to try LaTeX this time around. One might think that Microsoft Word has improved, but my tinkering has shown it is still quite dangerous. Word's notions of styles are extremely frustrating, and have …

    read more

    There are comments.

  2. Help with teleonomy

    While grading papers I noticed that a student referred to the Wikipedia definition of teleonomy, a concept I have discussed in class, with a quotation that I found contrary to my own understanding: "teleonomic process, such as evolution..." I thought, "whoa!", evolution is not teleonomic and the version of the …

    read more

    There are comments.

  3. NYU and Sallie Mae

    Longtime readers will know I've been frequently frustrated and puzzled by NYU's infrastructural choices. When I first arrived I learned they used my SSN as my student identification. I protested, wrote a formal letter, and was eventually issued a new SSN-like number. But, of course, this didn't easily propagate through …

    read more

    There are comments.

  4. Brandt and Wikipedia plagiarism

    Since I am a student of plagiarism in reference work production, I read with interest Daniel Brandt's (2006) analysis of Plagiarism by Wikipedia editors. He claims that he found 145 instances of Wikipedia plagiarizing others (roughly 1% of his sample), and projects that the "plagiarism rate on Wikipedia is at …

    read more

    There are comments.

  5. The elusive Jimmy Wales

    Like others, I have been surprised that the Wikipedia policies of No Original Research (WP:NOR, Wikipedia 2006nor) and Verifiability (WP:V, Wikipedia 2006v) had been collapsed into a new policy of Attribution (WP:ATT, Wikipedia 2007a). The two former policies, in addition to Neutral Point of View (WP:NPOV …

    read more

    There are comments.

  6. Reuse vs. self plagiarism

    Yesterday's New York Times reported on another case of high profile plagiarism: a relatively young professor who had copied parts of her dissertation from another. Even though she had previously acknowledged as much in private and has now resigned -- so there's no question of ambiguous boundaries -- a few things struck …

    read more

    There are comments.

« Page 23 / 36 »

blogroll

social