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Dear Wise Colleagues,
The English chair at my school is my age (seasoned), but she does not deal well 
with technology.  Each senior must write a literary criticism research paper using 
at least ten sources, and all 160 students work on the research at the same time.  
You can see the strain on our resources.  We subscribe to both Literature Resource 
Center and Student Resource Center from Gale.  The English chair refuses to accept 
any of the scholarly articles from either of these databases.  Yes, I have tried 
numerous times to help her understand the difference between an aricle in a 
subscription database and an Internet page.  Yes, I have taught the students the 
difference between a scholarly source and a general information article.  I am at 
my wit's end!  In order to help the students, I am sorely tempted to advise them to 
cite their articles as if they were the original sources instead of including the 
information about the database.  Even after writing it, I know it is wrong; 
however, the re!
 sources we pay for are perfectly acceptable except for one instructor's failure to 
learn about them.  I feel torn between my desire to help my students and my ethical 
responsibility to teach them to properly attribute their sources.  Thank you for 
reading my rant.  I am asking for any words of wisdom to help me through my dilemma.

Barbara Ruszkowski
Padua Academy
905 N Broom Street
Wilmington DE 19806

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