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Posted 8/2/13

mhibicke wrote:


GayAsianBoy wrote:
I'll tell you something, even in real life, people don't read the sources. I wrote a 3000 word scientific paper with like 20 references... the lecturer doesn't have the time to check through all 20 references from 1000's of students.

I'm also surprised by this, but for different reasons. I don't think I could write 1000 words with only 20 references. Everything I use in my writing needs to be cited properly, and with original research, not just review articles.


I'm pretty much the same, I follow protocols. Lecturer said 3 was the maximum review articles to include in a report....

But I knew fellow undergraduates who made up fake sources and got away with it. It didn't influenced me to do it. I like doing things the proper way.
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Unless I really care, I can't really be bothered to check sources. On the other hand, my basic assumption is that whatever I'm reading is bullshit anyway. If I get in an argument I care about, but still don't want to check sources, then I start thinking something along the lines of "let's pretend this isn't bullshit, and see if the other guy is still wrong." That works out most of the time (people tend to say irrelevant things A LOT). The rest of the time, I check sources, or if the argument is really banal, I'll just quit.

End result? I rarely check sources on casual internet discussions.
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Yeah I try to check sources for pictures or information I'm not certain with.
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Depends what I am looking up, if it is something important/interesting to me then always do, other times I am like well I could check the source and compare with others etc but nah..... Laziness is a powerful thing sometimes haha.
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GayAsianBoy wrote:
I'm pretty much the same, I follow protocols. Lecturer said 3 was the maximum review articles to include in a report....

But I knew fellow undergraduates who made up fake sources and got away with it. It didn't influenced me to do it. I like doing things the proper way.

Yeah, I've been grading papers for years. Worst pain ever, seriously. I check one out of every three or four sources, and the most common fraud I've found is citing an abstract, rather than getting the PDF and reading the whole article. Although I've seen some pretty blatant cut-and-paste jobs, where the size and font changed mid-sentence. I'm pretty sure they thought I was stupid.

Now I grade "reflections" papers for first year PharmD students and that's almost worse. After grading fifteen or so I want to burn all their papers and shoot myself; after thirty I want to shoot all of them. I really resent them for making me read the stupid things they have to say instead of just answering the questions given. Most of them still think that the professor is grading their papers, not the TAs, and so try to brag about all their experience as pharm techs, or their leadership experiences arranging sorority parties, or other BS.
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Hehe, I usually check sources if I think it's necessary, these quotes are easy to figure out they're fake -.- And even if someone actually posts a quote that is correct, I don't check sources, because it's still only a quote, I don't think it's that important. -.- But for news and such, I try to find sources to see if it is true. "
KONY 2012" was a huuuge fault by the public cause they didn't check sources, they only watched the video, I myself did that also, but I learned from my mistake, I figured out that after about 1 day later <.<

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Posted 8/2/13

mhibicke wrote:


GayAsianBoy wrote:
I'm pretty much the same, I follow protocols. Lecturer said 3 was the maximum review articles to include in a report....

But I knew fellow undergraduates who made up fake sources and got away with it. It didn't influenced me to do it. I like doing things the proper way.

Yeah, I've been grading papers for years. Worst pain ever, seriously. I check one out of every three or four sources, and the most common fraud I've found is citing an abstract, rather than getting the PDF and reading the whole article. Although I've seen some pretty blatant cut-and-paste jobs, where the size and font changed mid-sentence. I'm pretty sure they thought I was stupid.

Now I grade "reflections" papers for first year PharmD students and that's almost worse. After grading fifteen or so I want to burn all their papers and shoot myself; after thirty I want to shoot all of them. I really resent them for making me read the stupid things they have to say instead of just answering the questions given. Most of them still think that the professor is grading their papers, not the TAs, and so try to brag about all their experience as pharm techs, or their leadership experiences arranging sorority parties, or other BS.


Sorry but that made me laughed out loud. What kind of clumsiness?

So do you let them get away with it or do you give them 0?
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Depends on what it is.
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