Wednesday, November 09, 2005

In helping a friend prepare a paper on "The Beloved Disciple" in the gospel of John, I found myself in a conundrum (or maybe he did). We were using Google Print to for some research and, as you probably know, the beauty of Google Print is that you get free access to at least portions of thousands of books. The pages have been scanned and the text is searchable. The question is - "Should one cite Google Print if he or she uses it to read a portion of book for research?". On the one hand, anytime one uses a web resource for research the expectation is that he or she will cite the website. On the other, it is not expected that one cite a provider of a book, for instance a library that loaned the book out. I have often simply made copies of certain pages of books for research instead of checking them out. Is Google Print a source or a depository? So what to do? What thinks ye?

And tag this story in with the immigration stuff I blogged on yesterday. Here's the first paragraph:
One day in the late 1970s, the writer James Baldwin was explaining to an Arab friend that he wanted to go back to America after many years as an expatriate in France. "America has found a formula to deal with the demon of race," Baldwin told Syrian businessman Raja Sidawi, who had a house near him in St. Paul de Vence. In France and the rest of Europe, people pretended that the race problem didn't exist, Baldwin said, but "someday it will explode."

2 Comments:

Blogger Barclay said...

one of many things i dislike about the 'pompous french'...cannot see the writing on the wall.

as for citations, i vote for citing the book and not google.

2:55 PM  
Blogger whatusay said...

just shut down this blog please.

4:20 PM  

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