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Writing an essay? Read a book

In a bid to improve their research skills, a professor at Brighton University has apparently decided to forbid her students from using Wikipedia and Google as tools for writing essays. Media Studies professor Tara Brabazon will say in her inaugural lecture on Wednesday that she wants students to “sit down and read”, and that “we need to teach our students the interpretive skills first before we teach them the technological skills.”

She’s got some flak for her stance already – after all, isn’t it a bit perverse to suggest that Google isn’t a good research tool? She may have a point, though. What do you think? (No looking on Google for your answer.)

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