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Nearing the Finish Line

Nearing the Finish Line

A semester can seem like a marathon, but we’re in the final stretch of it now.  With final exams upon us, many papers and projects are coming due.  Most students have probably completed the majority of their research by this point, and may only need one or two extra articles or books to cite.  But even if you haven’t got that far, all hope is not lost. The first step is to focus on what you know.  Pick a topic that you already know a lot about, even if it doesn’t excite you.  This will reduce the amount of exploratory time you need to spend getting up to speed, and as you evaluate claims authors make, it will be invaluable … Continued
The Truth about Conspiracy Theories

The Truth about Conspiracy Theories

You’ve probably heard that the illuminati has been trying to overthrow the US government since its beginning, right?  And of course you know the earth is flat, not round like all those “scientists” claim.  The moon landing was obviously faked, because how could people ever really do that?  You’ve heard all of these theories, but hopefully you don’t believe a single one of them.  These are a particular branch of misinformation known as conspiracy theories. (source: knownyourmeme.com, unknown creator.) Conspiracy theories are not new, and most definitely not true.  For as long as there’s been publishing, there’s been evidence of conspiracy theories, some of which still exist today.  While some conspiracy theories stem from a longing for information and a … Continued
Staying Sharp

Staying Sharp

With the close of another semester, you’ll have a well-deserved break to spend time with family, catch up on pursuits you put off during the semester, and generally enjoy yourself. But the things you’ve learned – particularly critical thinking and how to research – can accentuate your everyday pleasures, too. For example, lots of us like to unwind after a long day with some time watching television. Plenty of TV shows and movies create immersive worlds for us to enjoy, but oftentimes the particulars have been changed to suit the dramatic narrative, and can give a skewed impression about what’s real and what isn’t. Maybe you watch history-inspired fiction on the History Channel, like Vikings, Knightfall, or The Curse of … Continued
Dear Google Scholar: We love you, but…

Dear Google Scholar: We love you, but…

At this point, most college students know that fake news is insidious and a real threat to their credibility as students and researchers. However, because many people do not realize they have access to academic databases (both in Indiana and Ohio) through their state library system, most people turn to Google to look up and verify information. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always work as well as one would hope. Google includes lots of services and search results, like Images, Books and Maps. They’re fast, east to access and completely free, which is what makes them so ubiquitous. In fact, 64% of the world’s Internet searches are done on Google. Most users are also aware of Google Scholar, which on the surface … Continued
Indiana State Agencies

Indiana State Agencies

Recently, the State Library has been drawing attention to various state agencies in their Wednesday Word blog. Many of these are great tools for citizens, such as a site to check if you have unclaimed property, or a site to check your local school’s performance report. But it has many other links of great interest to scholars, as well. Criminal justice majors will benefit from the Appellate Case Search, history majors from the State Historic Architecture and Archaeology Research Database, and education majors from the statistical data from the Indiana Department of Education. There’s a lot to benefit any IU student! The series is reproduced from the State Library’s website below: Part 1 With the plethora of information available on … Continued