Thursday, April 05, 2007


The College Term Paper?

Imagine a college student who is assigned to write a term paper. The student
  1. discusses the topic with a group of people from the class over ice cream cones
  2. asks a librarian to help find information and answers
  3. posts a question on Yahoo! Answers or Amazon's Mechanical Turk to get a response
  4. follows wikipedia links to other web knowledge spaces
  5. hires a tutor to help with the assignment

Which ones do you think are acceptable research techniques? Slashdot debates the value of term papers in the era of

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