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Exasperated Experts

Historian Margaret MacMillan is in despair at the apparent lack of initiative shown by students who approach her for quotes for their essays but who have clearly not done any research themselves. “What they want are snippets of information to save them the trouble of searching for themselves and handy quotes from their “expert” to stick in their assignments,” she says. A comment in response to her piece on the History News Network reveals that this is far from an isolated experience, citing a student who wrote saying, “All these words are so boring. Can you please just send me a picture of Thomas Paine doing something important.” Read the full article.


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