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Google Scholar: Your Prof’s Research
“Our faculty are among the leaders in their fields…”
One sure hears that phrase a lot around here — I mean that exact phrase, as if everyone were on message in a political-campaign sense. Look at President Wright’s old speeches, his community letter, AskDartmouth, the Dartmouth News, the Dean of the College Mission Statement, Carol Folt on the Class of 2012, Dartmouth Life, and even U.S. News’ recent reveiw of the College.
Well, I say, Доверяй, но проверяй: “Trust but Verify,” as the Russian phrase goes.
Google Scholar is the means by which you can do this.
Click onto the site and enter your professor’s name. Up will come all of your prof’s scholarly works — individual articles and books, and collaborative efforts — and most importantly, the frequency with which they have been cited by other scholars in their own work. Google Scholar orders the citations this way. The greater the number of citations, the more significant the impact of the work on other researchers.
Below is an excerpt from Economics Professor Andrew Samwick’s Google Scholar Page. At 583 citations (see yellow highlight), Samwick’s piece has received enormous attention from his colleagues. That would place him among the …
How about your own professors? Given that this past fall about one third of the College’s classes were taught by people who are neither tenure-track nor tenured faculty, the results can be quite revealing. Someone who has not published works that are read and cited by numerous colleagues cannot be said to be leading much of anything.
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…