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Follow the steps, Nov. 25

Similar to Kimesha, I decided to research a pie recipe that would satiate my friends and family. Mind you, it’s been quite a while since I baked from scratch, two to three years, so I was pretty rusty at it. The recipe seemed simple enough to produce a pretty well done pumpkin pie but I had messed this up quite a bit. Though, all of the ingredients and instructions were listed on the site. The instructions seemed quite simple but I chose not to listen to each step because my hunger got a hold of my mind. The instructions did say to cool it off completely but not the filling  had not completely set so I destroyed what was my pie and instead became pumpkin soup and crust. If I followed all of the instructions then I should have had this:Sugar & Spice Pumpkin Pie with Brandied Ginger Cream recipe

But instead, what I had was a “pie” with a soupy consistency. Had I followed the instructions that was included I should have had a beautiful looking pie but since I didn’t follow the steps perfectly I had created an excellent tasting pumpkin pie “smoothie”. Maybe if there was a video included in this website, demonstrating the steps this wouldn’t have happened. As with all process documentations, not everything can be guaranteed unless you follow the instructions to an exact point. Had I not known what a pie looked like, I could’ve assumed that what I had was the correct image of a pie. Thankfully, there were pictures to show me my mistakes.

I’d like to thank…11/13

After reading the Haupman article, it intrigued me as to how writers may publish their gratitude towards friends and/or colleagues. I understood the concept of footnotes, however, I didn’t give it much thought when it came to acknowledgements. If a person decided not to leave a footnote stating where he/she had gotten the information it may lead to unwanted legal trouble.Of course, I do read the extremely short acknowledgements, the ones that usually comes up before a story starts. But in scientific articles I have never checked to see who actually partook in the article. It is also imperative to give credit when credit is due. When authors named their contributors I never figured they would list them out in a line of who they favored above the other; I just figured it was who had the most relevant/useful information. In the other article from Vanishing Act, we are able to learn as to why sometimes footnotes aren’t there anymore. Nonetheless, sites with the hyperlink ending in “.gov” or “.org” were the most stable and reliable which shouldn’t come as a shock to any of us since we are discouraged from using websites like, It is necessary to document any and every piece of information before we are charged with any charges against us even if we didn’t intentionally do it.

Nice knowing you, Google

Who knew that one day I  wouldn’t be as dependent on my lovely Google? I rely practically everything that I do online with Google. Instead of just typing a hyperlink on the search bar, I choose to rather Google which site I am trying to go to and just click it through there. However, now that I know there are better and more reliable sources through EBSCO host, etc., my days with Google have become shortened. Now with all the techniques I’ve learned through this class and with the professors we had this week, I can find more trustworthy, reliable information without the use of Google Scholar, something that I didn’t even know about before this class. I’ll probably take on for further research papers, term papers, etc.This is the end of my monogamous relationship with Google, hello EBSCO host and Academic Search Complete. Clearly, my knowledge in researching wasn’t as good as I had hoped…

Library Database > Google

When I decided to research my topic, plagiarism, and it’s effects, it came as no surprise to me that what I would find would be two entirely different things. I decided to use my favorite internet search engine, Google, and the scholarly website provided by Professor Leonard, EBSCOhost. I searched on Google first and it came as expectedly, I got results about the definition of ‘plagiarism’. When I searched plagiarism and its effects, I was able to see a bit more. I then used the scholarly search and actually found articles that were relevant to my topic. I was able to find scholarly articles about plagiarism and the effects that correlate to it. However, Google was able to show me some scholarly articles but it had only shown me 6 scholarly articles. When I did the same search, plagiarism and its effects, on EBSCO, there were much more. This hadn’t been a surprising ‘adventure’ mainly because I’ve already tried this in class and found that the leading scholarly search provided me with actually evidence that could be used. Further on, any future research assignments I would not only use Google but instead also use one of the scholarly search engines that the school supplies us with.

Scholarly reasearch

Though I do appreciate the simplicity of using Google, it is difficult to find something that is relevant to my research topic which is why I am glad Professor Leonard introduced us to Google Scholar. That is one application that helps me narrow down articles that are actually relevant and useful towards my research paper. Trying to just search through Google with the word ‘plagiarism’ does not actually find anything that I can write 5-8 pages worth of information regarding it but it just defines the word plagiarism. Just using Google was not able to provide me with any scholarly articles that I could use for my research paper. But using Google Scholar helped me find relevant information in milliseconds. After reading, ‘Apple’s’ blog post, I was tempted to try out ERIC and to my surprise I found it pretty good but I actually prefer Google Scholar because of its simplicity.

What would I do without Badke?

If I didn’t read the appendix of Badke’s book, I would have probably received a bad grade for my research paper.  Before reading and discussing what I wanted to write about for my research paper, my topic was very broad and it contained too many questions. On the sheet of paper Professor Leonard handed out a few weeks ago, I had written several questions for my proposal. Now I know that I initially made mistake. Without reading the appendix my research question would’ve been too broad and my research paper would be filled with just random questions that all referred to plagiarism. Now, after reading Badke’s book and discussing my paper with Professor Leonard, hopefully my paper shall be much more focused.

Searching within a database

Whenever we search for things on Google or whatever search engine that we may use, the results are usually listed based on the frequency that they are actually chosen by other users, the times, the word that we chose to research, it appears on the site, and figuring out which words are actually the important ones. I have never given much of a thought as to how search engines work but it actually entertained me a bit to know how they actually find what it is that we are trying to search for. It may be quicker and much more proficient nowadays than before when the internet was actually created because there are many more users now and because of the increase in the number of internet users it it increased which is a better search engine. I can say that now most of my friends and family uses Google but I can always think back to when askjeeves was used.

Aaron Swartz

How is America suppose to grow if the there are limits to the knowledge that we have access to? Aaron Swartz, the 26 year old who had committed suicide after an extensive and relentless case against him rose because he wanted others to have access to scholarly documents that we should have all been able to read. The author of the article, Aaron Swartz: Opening access to knowledge, Pamela Samuelson, choose to agree with Swartz (from what I presumed). Samuelson lists plenty of good reasons as to why Swartz may have decided to do what he had because the articles that could have been founded through JSTOR were already supplied because of research grants from the government and foundations. Most of the articles were published my the universities professors and we all have an idea as to how much a person with a Ph. D earns. As Samuelson states, maybe Swartz thought that the public was owed access to it. Such a sad way to start the new year when a 26 year old man decided to hang himself because he was only providing the public with knowledge that should be shared with everyone.


Maurice Isserman wrote out such a clear concept however, it may not be taken so easily. Though Isserman says that it is, in fact, easier to copy another person’s work as your own; won’t you be putting it up with a higher risk because of the punishments you could encounter in the future for yourself. I have to say that if a person doesn’t document wherever the concept/idea came from he/she is causing a fraud. It isn’t a difficult concept to add quotation marks, the author’s name, the piece that it came from, etc. It is unfortunate when a student who knows that plagiarizing is looked down upon, he/she still chooses to do it just for a few more hours of sleep or something. There have been cases where a student has earned an immediate F because of what he/she decided and forever that grade has to remain on his/her permanent record. It is an unclear thought to me as to why people would put themselves in situations like that when they could be at risk of losing everything that got them to that point.

Online privacy

Though I do agree with both Wright’s and Thevenin’s posts I must add information that I found incredibly relevant towards informing us of how we can better protect our information that is shown to the world. It may have just been me who found the article that Patrick Marshall wrote extremely eye-opening and different. Usually I read news articles and do not find them that interesting unless something major occurred but I was actually quite fascinated with this article since it talks about something that I think everyone nowadays is concerned with, our privacy. I am not someone who usually is worried about most of my information being put up on the internet but after reading “Online Privacy”, I had to make sure some of my information is “guarded” and to ensure most of my things are set to the correct settings. I am surprised that Facebook is one of the sites that actually cares about its users and tries to protect us. Now it just encourages me to be even more careful with the things that I have on my Facebook though most of my things are set to be viewed by my friends or just private. Patrick Marshall’s article fascinated me more so than Tim Wu’s since it demonstrates how some companies are willing to buy the information that we give to some sites. How fooled have we all or most likely I been?