I\’m Too Sexy for My Master\’s Thesis

super sexy wednesday 5

Posted in history,scholarship,tools by Rae on 7 June 2006

Aqueduct's got the latest History Carnival focusing on academic technology.


Something to consider while writing your thesis/dissertation/masterpiece: 10 flagrant grammar mistakes that make you look stupid. (via Lifehacker)


Overlooked Again — Community Colleges and Science:

According to NSF’s 2001 Survey of Recent College Graduates, 46 percent of bachelor’s and master’s degree recipients in 1999 and 2000 in “life and related sciences” had attended community colleges. Students who had taken a class or classes at a community college also accounted for 42 percent of computer and math sciences degrees at or above the bachelor’s level, and 40 percent of engineering degrees.

I'd like to know how many humanities graduates attended community colleges. My husband has a law degree and attended community college way back when, and I, too, attended community college. In my case, several of my professors had PhDs from top universities but chose to teach at a community college because they wanted to focus on teaching and not research. As a result, those professors have hugely (and positively) impacted my years as a student, and even the years when I wasn't a student.


New book: Teaching Bibliography, Textual Criticism, and Book History. According to the publisher, the book is due out some time this month.


Check out Wired's article, Free Radical:

Varmus is the most visible characterin the movement to free the scientific world of its figurative corks: scholarly journals that restrict the flow of information by charging often hefty subscription prices for access to their content. Today, Varmus has been invited by Charles Nesson, a professor of law at Harvard, to enlighten the student editors of the various Harvard Law School journals about the virtues of so-called open-access publishing. Nesson introduces his guest as “the prophet of open access.” Varmus’ smile doesn’t fade, and his hair stands proudly where the wind last left it.

(via Open Access News)


Researchers from 36 countries submitted proposals for research to advance the field of search. The 12 winners will receive grant money from Microsoft Live Labs and access to a set of MSN Search query logs in order to push forward our understanding of the Internet, search, and online social behaviors.

Read the 12 winning proposals. (via Open Access News)


According to a Harris Poll published on May 31, the majority of U.S. adults support easy and free online access to Federally-funded research findings. Indeed, 83% wanted it for their doctors and 82% wanted it for everyone. So, you're wondering why someone in humanities should care, right? In general, the humanities fields are way behind the sciences in terms of utilizing technology, open access publishing, and implementing progressive models for education. I'm not going to get in to the hows and whys. Instead, I'm simply going to point out that the battles being fought by the sciences are paving the way for the humanities fields. I support easy access to research not only because it's just the right thing (IMHO), but because it will benefit all scholarship in the long run.

No significant updates on the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006 (the FRPAA/ Cornyn-Lieberman bill) introduced to the Senate in May, but feel free to urge your own Senator to support the bill.


I'm psyched about the Scholar's Copyright Project. They are currently offering

a suite of short amendments that authors attach to the copyright transfer form agreements from publishing companies. The Addenda ensure, at a minimum, that scholarly authors retain enough rights to archive their work on the public Internet.

The project is under the auspices of Science Commons, but I don't see why these same addenda couldn't be used by any scholar (regardless of field).

(via OA Librarian)


Publishing Gone Digital – It's refreshing when a major publisher isn't afraid of OA. Such is the case with Yale, which blogged about one of their books, The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom and posted a link to the free, online version. (via Father Inch)


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