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Dec. 3rd, 2013

This didn't happen to me, but I must share....

One of my colleagues got a frantic email from a psychology student (academic library here).  Her deadline was coming up.  She had found the psychology test she needed in an article but it now she needed the instructions on how to score it.  So my colleague did looked up the article to find out more and.....

...the instructions for scoring the test was right there in the article.  Apparently actually reading the article hadn't occurred to the student.

I'm so glad my colleague is responding to the email not me.  I'm not sure I could be diplomatic about it.  And my colleague is irritated at wasting her time with the student - apparently she helped the student originally to find the article in the first place.

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libwitch
Dec. 3rd, 2013 05:59 pm (UTC)
but the article is so long!!!!
wagrobanite
Dec. 3rd, 2013 07:55 pm (UTC)
I would try to give the benefit of the doubt and maybe she missed the instructions? It's happened to me before where I've missed something that was in an article.
unstricken
Dec. 3rd, 2013 09:48 pm (UTC)
yeah, I had some students come in a month or so ago for help on their project. Today one of them came in and said, "We need help finding stuff on [a subtopic]." I referred them back to the book whose title basically restated that subtopic, and which was on the list of five key books I told them about (and gave them an email list of, with call numbers) at their first visit.

We can help, but they have to at least try to find their own bootstraps....
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