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Leatherman, Carrie C.; Eckel, Edward J. – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2012
Nearly every commercial database that covers natural sciences and engineering offers some type of current awareness (CA) service that provides regular updates to users on current literature in a selected field of interest. Current awareness services include e-mail alerts, tables of contents, and RSS feeds. This study was designed to find out what…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Researchers
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Eckel, Edward J. – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2010
Early in his career as an engineering librarian, the author saw plagiarism in completely black and white terms. However, digging into the scholarly literature, he finds ample evidence that there are other factors at work in student writing besides a lack of ethics or the intent to cheat. In this article, he briefly highlights some of these…
Descriptors: Plagiarism, Writing Processes, Writing Skills, Writing Instruction
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Eckel, Edward J. – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2009
Can one glimpse the development of emerging scholars in the work of engineering graduate students? To answer this question, the author studied the citation patterns in 96 Master's theses and 24 Ph.D. dissertations completed at Western Michigan University's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences between 2002 and 2006. The hypothesis of this…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Student Research, Masters Theses, Doctoral Dissertations