Turnitin detects plagiarism in your research paper

Turnitin (“turn it in”) is a web-based service that college admissions offices and teachers use to check for plagiarism in a college admission essay or term paper. More and more college students are plagiarizing essays and research papers.

Turnitin checks for plagiarism in students' essays and research papers. (Credit: Vasudev Singhchawla)

Turnitin checks for plagiarism in students’ essays and research papers. (Credit: Vasudev Singhchawla)

While cheating and plagiarism have been around for centuries, easy access to the web makes copying, purchasing, sharing and pasting papers far more easy. Turnitin began as far back as the 1990s. Read more

Launch of Questia Writing Center set for August 26th

As a college student, there are many challenges you face on a daily basis, ranging from lack of sleep to juggling a full-time class schedule with a part- or full-time work schedule. There never seems to be enough hours in the day, and while there is no way to change that (at least not that I’m aware of!), Questia is here to make your college experience a little bit easier with our NEW Writing Center. Because, College is hard… Writing research papers doesn’t have to be!

What is the Questia Writing Center?

On August 26, 2014, the Questia Writing Center will go live at Questia.com. Read more

Scholarly, Peer Reviewed, and Academic Journals, Oh My!

Are the terms scholarly journals, peer reviewed journals, and academic journals synonyms? Or, are they as different as lions and tigers and bears?

Scholarly, peer reviewed and academic journals aren't too different from three well-known characters from The Wizard of Oz. (Credit: Saku Takakusaki)

Scholarly, peer reviewed and academic journals aren’t too different from three well-known characters from The Wizard of Oz. (Credit: Saku Takakusaki)

Frankly, I think the three terms are distinctions without a difference. All of these periodicals typically publish scholarly, peer reviewed, and academic articles. Or, should I say that all of these publications generally serve as forums for the introduction and presentation for scrutiny of new research, as well as the critique of existing research? Read more

‘Research Methods in Education’ validates Google Consumer Surveys

I recently re-read Research Methods in Education, one of the best-selling textbooks on the topic, after using Google Consumer Surveys for the first time. This may appear to be closing the stable door after the horse has bolted, but it could also be seen as a competency-based assessment of prior learning.

Google Consumer Surveys is considered the best and most accurate market research tool available. (Credit: Dominique Romanowski)

Google Consumer Surveys is considered the best and most accurate market research tool available. (Credit: Dominique Romanowski)

Let’s just say that my re-reading of Part Two of the textbook, which covers planning educational research, seems to validate my questionnaire design, the Google Consumer Surveys sample, as well as the validity and reliability of the results. Read more

Is a college degree worth the cost?

With college costs rising faster than any other product or service in the economy, filmmaker Andrew Rossi asks if it’s worth it. His new film,”Ivory Tower,” pulls back the curtain on several colleges to reveal how changing business models have led to an expansion of building at the expense of a quality education.

College costs continue to rise year after year. (Credit: The Denver Post)

College costs continue to rise year after year. (Credit: The Denver Post)

Here we will discuss an education system at its breaking point and examine how we got to this point. Read more

A look at Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman

The Science Channel unveiled its new season of Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. The popular show’s fifth season will offer eight episodes, researching answers to topics ranging from “Is Poverty Genetic?” to “Is a Zombie Apocalypse Possible?” The thought-provoking show has busted ratings records for the network and also garnered an Emmy-nod.

Morgan Freeman and Through the Wormhole return for a fifth season. (Credit: Brent McKnight)

Morgan Freeman and Through the Wormhole return for a fifth season. (Credit: Brent McKnight)

Not conventional TV

One of the goals of Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman on the Science Channel is to ask and answer the questions that stump or puzzle most of us. Read more

Meet Titanosaur, the largest dinosaur ever

Move over T. Rex, there’s a new big, bad dinosaur in town: the Titanosaur. The latest paleontology news is about the remains of this enormous animal. The fossils found are just the most recent new dinosaur discovery to gain attention. What will these recently uncovered dinosaur fossils reveal about the giant beasts and their time on our planet?

Paleontologist Diego Pol lying next to the thigh bone of a Titanosaur in the Argentina dig. (Credit: CBSNews.com)

Paleontologist Diego Pol lying next to the thigh bone of a Titanosaur in the Argentina dig. (Credit: CBSNews.com)

Titanosaur is a colossal creature

The new dinosaur discovery of the Titanosaur dates back about 95 million years to the late Mesozoic Era. Read more

Women in STEM fields: Academics and mentoring

The percentage of women studying STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) in colleges is low—just 19 percent. STEM is often seen in academics as a boy’s club, and many colleges are having trouble attracting and retaining women in science and technology. Here are some ways colleges are encouraging women to study STEM and how an effective and sympathetic mentor can help them graduate.

The percentage of women studying STEM fields is low, some colleges are finding ways to change that. (Credit: Research Matters)

The percentage of women studying STEM fields is low, some colleges are finding ways to change that. (Credit: Research Matters)

Women underrepresented in STEM

Although women lead men in college enrollment and graduation rates, men still vastly outnumber women in the number of graduates in STEM fields. Read more

Ethnic and gender bias found in college mentorship requests

Student success in academics should not be based on race or gender. Yet in a recent study, researchers found ethnic and gender discrimination in professors’ responses to requests from doctoral students for counseling and mentorship. In scholarly articles on recent study findings, sociology researchers are offering ways to counter racial and gender bias.

A recent study shows the existence of ethnic and gender bias and can affect student success. (Credit: John Dawson)

A recent study shows the existence of ethnic and gender bias and can affect student success. (Credit: John Dawson)

Study: professors asked for mentorship

The study was conducted by Katherine Milkman, assistant professor of operations and information management at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, with collaborators Modupe Akinola of Columbia University and Dolly Chugh of New York University. Read more

Use common sense—What not to do during your internship

An example of what not to do during your internship.

An example of what not to do during your internship.

You’ve landed a college internship and are hoping that it will lead to a full-time job when you are done with school. Or maybe you are still looking for an internship? Be sure to stop by your college career office and do a little research. Consider getting involved with your school’s alumni network—the companies that former grads have landed at may have internship programs.

But the tricky part is turning that unpaid opportunity into paid employment. For that to happen, there are some common do’s and don’ts you should know. Read on for what not to do during college internships. Read more