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from the "S*** My Students Write" page.

This is for Dwim, who may laugh almost as hard at it as I just did, and for all my other friends who are in academia (or were, at some point).

Many of the statements in this paper are also noted as coming from a person only identified as ‘Ibid’ in the footnotes. I am not skeptical of Ibid’s view, but I would like to find his/her article and read it for myself.


Head/desk, their love is so concussing...

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azalaisdep
Apr. 17th, 2012 10:05 pm (UTC)
Och, bless. Yet another reason to teach proper referencing/citation.

On the one hand, it is a bit mad in this day and age that we still use Latin abbreviations for such things, and no-one's going to know that unless they've been taught it. OTOH, wouldn't you ask?

(This is why I strive to keep my face totally straight when students shuffle up to the Enquiry Desk and begin with "This is probably a really stupid question, but..." - if they're too intimidated to ask a lecturer, they can at least ask a friendly librarian!)
marta_bee
Apr. 17th, 2012 10:38 pm (UTC)
Bless the reference librarians, and I mean that in the best possible way! I have actually been asked that once by a student (last semester), which is part of what made the line so hilarious. I do a class session on primary vs. secondary sources, just what is wrong with Wikipedia, and how to use library resources, but it needs more than a single hour to cover the finer points of course.

On the one hand, I'm sympathetic. You're right, it's a bit absurd that the Latin phrase is still used. OTOH, though, if you google "ibid" the very first result is the Wikipedia entry whose first paragraph gives a very clear and straight-forward explanation. Methinks curiosity may not be this student's strong point...

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