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Graduating from K-State? Keep your RefWorks account

RefWorks logo Last October, K-State Libraries announced some good news: K-State graduates can now retain their RefWorks accounts as long as K-State continues to subscribe to RefWorks. All of those references that you spent years saving remain yours, even after you get that diploma.

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Faculty and grad students: Tell K-State Libraries what you want to learn

K-State Libraries is planning a Library Day for faculty and graduate students in late summer.  During Library Day, we’ll offer classes about:

So that Library Day is as useful to you as possible, please take a couple of minutes and answer this brief survey. Tell us what resources you want to learn more about, suggest others, and indicate what dates and times will work best for you.

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Spotlight: Plagiarism detection, tools, and resources

The following is an update to a K-State article written in 2007 on plagiarism. Plagiarism tends to occur because of a lack of understanding about what plagiarism is, university policies and procedures, and how to cite references (Guertin, 2005). There are free and purchased applications available for plagiarism detection.

McQueeny (2006) provides an overview of plagiarism detection software. With these types of applications, faculty and/or students submit their paper electronically, which is put through a search of Internet sites, previously submitted student papers, and commercial databases. The extent of the search depends on the level of sophistication of the software. The results usually provide a percent of matched content, however faculty must still build a case for plagiarism. Problems with these types of applications are false positives, false negatives, questions surrounding copyright and privacy of students’ papers, and the need for institutional policies regarding the widespread use of this type of software.

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ARTstor database unveiled, accessible to all K-Staters


If a picture paints a thousand words, then ARTstor has your next 10 years of lectures and research papers covered. ARTstor is a database of digital images: photographs, paintings, architecture, murals, textiles, jewelry, maps, sculpture . . . you know, art and artifacts. Since art reflects the breadth and depth of the human experience, ARTstor’s content spans the globe, from ancient times to contemporary life, incorporating cultural objects that reveal “art” in its broadest definition.

You can take advantage of ARTstor’s many high-resolution images and zoom in so close that, if you were in a museum, your nose would be pressed against the object and a guard would escort you from the premises. Thanks to the zoom tool, you can see not only the placement of individual beads, but also the netting onto which they are sewn in this image of a Christian Dior gown (please note, links in this article to images in ARTstor will only work for K-Staters). Some of the images of paintings allow you to get close enough to see individual brush strokes.

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