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By this time in the semester many faculty members have had the opportunity to grade at least one student research assignment. If the assignment involved having students locate print or online sources to support a thesis statement, were you pleased with the students’ work? Were the sources your students used authoritative, scholarly, and smoothly incorporated? Were their sources cited correctly, at least most of the time? Or, were the papers filled with blocks of quoted text, perhaps without proper attribution? Was their research paper a field day for Turnitin, but did it leave you wishing you could just turn-it-in to the recycling bin instead? Were the sources primarily cobbled together with material gleaned from the Worldwide Web?

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