The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Rant # 2/infinity: Jerry Maguire

Can you tell I'm working on writing this weekend?
Whereas yesterday's frustration was poor search options, today's frustration addresses the larger problems of poor citation.

I rant about this enough when I am teaching, and my poor students' essays are constantly marked up with "source?" in green pen. But I don't think the poor undergrads realize just how frustrating poor citation is for a "real" researcher. Take, for example, sentences that sweepingly begin with "Studies have shown..." and then never go on to have a footnote, endnote, or in-text citation of the source of these miraculous studies. At this point I go into full-on Jerry Maguire mode and want to scream at the top of my lungs, "SHOW ME THE STUDY!!! SHOW. ME. THE STUDY!!!" Sadly, as for Cuba Gooding Jr, the study is never revealed...
Don't try this at home, kids.

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