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February 2014

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This is a hilarious trick you can have some fun with. With this scholarly paper generator you can instantly create a treatise "written by you" complete with diagrams, and a detailed bibliography along with your authorship authentication - all fit for presentation at lofty symposiums such as the International Institute of Post-Graduate Fromage. The product looks extremely impressive but is --- completely bogus.

These MIT pranksters got tired of seeing half-baked scholarly conferences charging big entry fees and then accepting just about any paper submitted - so long as the fee was paid. So they invented the phony baloney scholarly paper generator and submitted some of their gibberish to the "high level" conferences. As long as the fee was paid their papers were universally accepted.

You can have some fun with their prankster work by simply typing in your name and clicking "Generate". In seconds you will have the fanciest looking document with your name as author right at the top. If you want some laughs, send it to some friends for their comments.

Just don't let your college kids get near this gem. Their professors might be impressed -- until they get 45 seconds into the masterpiece. Oh the pain!

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While we're on the subject of research, check out this useful search engine. Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. Here you can search across many sources including articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions. This program covers academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research - without getting bogged down in materials that are not applicable.

Google Scholar indexes the full text of academic writings and includes most peer-reviewed online journals of Europe and America's largest scholarly publishers, plus scholarly books and other non-peer reviewed journals.
This resource also provides an extensive legal database of US cases. You can find published opinions of US state appellate and supreme court cases since 1950, US federal district, appellate, tax and bankruptcy courts since 1923 and US Supreme Court cases since 1791.

This will save a lot of people a lot of time by weeding out the drivel.

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Now you can monitor your competition, products you're tracking, -- even yourself. In short, anything that is interesting to you is fair game for Google Alerts which are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on custom queries you can set up any time you wish.

Just enter a search query you wish to monitor. You will see a preview of the type of results you'll receive and any time the subject of your query shows up on the web - Shazam - you'll receive that new information right in your e-mail box.

Here are some examples:
Tracking sports happenings
Monitoring a developing local or national news story
Keeping current on a competitor or industry
Getting the latest gossip on a celebrity or event

Google Alerts is fun, useful --- and it's on the house.

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They've been hard at work at the Gutenberg project where they now offer over 42,000 e-books: You can choose among e-pubs and kindle books and download or read them online without cost.

These are high quality books that were previously released by legitimate publishers. Gutenberg digitized and diligently proofread them with the help of thousands of volunteers. No fee or registration is required, but if you find Project Gutenberg useful. They do, however, ask you to donate a small amount so they can buy and digitize more books.

Great resource - and the price is right.

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