My Word is Not Your Word, Without My Permission!

Or is it? That may depend on who you are at USI: student or faculty? In My Word! Plagiarism and College Culture [Cornell, 2009], Notre Dame Professor of Anthropology Susan D. Blum explores the differences in knowledge and attitudes about plagiarism among faculty and students. Classroom instructors are reminded almost daily that many students operate under an entirely new set of assumptions about originality and ethics. Practices which ten years ago would have been regarded as academically dishonest are now commonplace.

Using extensive interviews conducted with students, My Word! presents the voices of today’s young adults speaking about their daily activities, challenges, and the meanings of their college lives. Outcomes-based secondary education, rising tuition costs, and an economic and social climate in which higher education is valued for its effect on future earnings- these factors each help explain why students might pursue good grades by any means necessary. And accustomed to referencing popular culture in peer conversation (or on Facebook) without credit because it is assumed to be understood, they may struggle with why this practice is unacceptable for academic work.

Blum suggests the real problem of academic dishonesty arises primarily from a lack of communication between two distinct university cultures. Professors and administrators regard plagiarism as a serious academic and ethical transgression, even a sin against an ethos of individualism and originality. On the other hand, students revel in sharing, in multiplicity, in accomplishment at any cost. This book is less likely to reassure readers who hope all they need to do is give strongly worded warnings against plagiarism on the first day of class. But it could open dialogue among faculty, and between teachers and their students, that may lead to mutual comprehension and alignment between student practices and professorial expectations.

Find My Word! Plagiarism and College Culture shelved at PN176.B48 2009 (4th floor.)


IMAGEine That!

Need to improve your image (that is, the one required for your presentation)?  Take a look at just some of the resources available to you through Rice Library.
We would recommend beginning by locating the “Research 101” LibGuide, and selecting the “Finding Images” tab.  Here you will find lists of free image resources, search engines and collections available on the open web.  Sources found here include: flickr, PicFindr, New York Public Library Digital Collection, Smithsonian Photographs Online, and American Memory (Library of Congress).  Additional image sources are available on the “Finding Images” tab through the “Journalism” LibGuide
Many Rice Library databases also have images available, including:
  • CREDO Reference, which has an Image Search tab and also allows users to limit their retrievals to just those with images regardless of how they search.
  • ARTStor; an entire digital image library; in this collection you will find paint, sculpture, photography, and architecture images, among others.
  • Biography in Context advanced search, which allows users to limit by images
  • Academic Search Premier, as well as all EBSCOHost databases, which have an Image tab across the top of the search page.                                                                        
Finally, please be sure to visit the Rice Library University Archives and Special Collections web site.  In the Rice Library Image Collections you will find many fabulous image collections for communal studies, regional history, other special collections, plus additional links to image collections from several local, state, and national institutions.
Each resource has its own unique usage rights, so it is important to check carefully for permissions and to always cite your source of images, whether the image is free or not.

Let your IMAGEination run wild with the resources available to you through Rice Library!

Answers to the "Random Quiz"

Here are the answers to our “Random Quiz” from last week.  Hope you enjoyed playing and trying out the Credo Reference “Gadgets” link!

1. Having little or no adverse or harmful effect; harmless

“innocuous.” Collins English Dictionary. London: Collins, 2000. Credo Reference. Web. 13 October 2010.

2. Theodor Seuss Geisel

“Dr. Seuss, (Theodor Seuss Geisel).” Marquis Who Was Who in America 1985-present. New Providence: Marquis Who’s Who LLC, 2010. Credo Reference. Web. 13 October 2010.


“The Pyramids of Giza, c.2589-30 BC, Old Kingdom.” The Bridgeman Art Library Archive. London: Bridgeman, 2008. Credo Reference. Web. 13 October 2010.
4. Pŏn’chər-trān’
“Pontchartrain.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2007. Credo Reference. Web. 13 October 2010.

5. Iditarod

“Iditarod.” The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather guide. Abington: Helicon, 2009. Credo Reference. Web. 13 October 2010.

6. 8

“furlong.” Chambers 21st Century Dictionary. London: Chambers Harrap, 2001. Credo Reference. Web. 13 October 2010.

7. Harry S. Truman

“Truman, Harry S. (1884 – 1972).” Bloomsbury Biographical Dictionary of Quotations. London: Bloomsbury Publishing Ltd, 1997. Credo Reference. Web. 13 October 2010.

 8. “Halloween.” Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary

“Halloween.” Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary. Detroit: Omnigraphics, Inc., 2010. Credo Reference. Web. 13 October 2010.


Inspect Your Gadgets

Rice Library invites you to take a random quiz…

1. What is the definition of the word innocuous?
2. What is Dr. Seuss’s real name?
3. What do the Pyramids of Giza look like?
4. I am taking a trip to New Orleans. How exactly do you pronounce Pontchartrain?
5. This week’s crossword puzzle has the clue “Great sled dog race.” I have the following letters… I?i??ro? (What is the name of this race that’s right on the tip of my tongue?)
6. Who famed the quote, “The buck stops here?”
7. What is the history behind Halloween
8. How many furlongs are in a mile?
9. Where can you go to find answers to each of these random quiz questions?

Answer to Question 9: Credo Reference “Gadgets” link.

This is just one more reason to love Credo Reference. This online reference source is an aggregate for hundreds of electronic books, encyclopedias, dictionaries, bibliographies, image searches, audio files, and much more. To find quick and easy answers to random questions like those above, Credo Reference’s “Gadgets” link is your perfect ready-reference information source.

To find Credo Reference and the “Gadgets” link:
→Go the Rice Library Catalog page
  →Click on the Databases link
    →Click on the A-Z List link and select Credo Reference
      →The “Gadgets” link is sixth across the top of the page

The “gadgets” in this link include:
1. Definitions window
2. Person search
3. Images search
4. Pronunciation help
5. Crossword Solver
6. Quotation search
7. Holidays and Festivals finder
8. Conversion tool

Here you will find everything a growing trivia buff needs to:
• ace a test
• finish that crossword puzzle
• impress all with clear pronunciations, broad vocabulary, and quoting ability
• wow colleagues with stunning visual aids to punctuate your presentation

Please leave your answers to our random quiz by replying to this blog. We will post the answers to questions 1-8 on Thursday, October 14th. Thanks for playing!

For even more trivia fun, courtesy of Credo Reference, sign up for the Weekly Brainteaser at the following link: