This morning, I get an e-mail from a student concerning her search for literature for the term paper she is currently working on, pretty please and all. She specifically asks whether or not I would put her in contact to former students who have been working the same problem she’s trying to tackle. I cannot fight it, but laziness is the first thought coming to my mind. Why won’t she do as we teach, dig deep into the literature herself?
Before I answer her in more or less subtle manner to do the work on her own, pretty please myself, I realize that she’s actually the smart kid in the crowd. I’m not so much afraid of plagiarism, mainly because all that she wants is to be introduced officially. Closing triangles, weaving networks. She could have gone behind my back, exploring and exploiting all the cheats in the chest. But she didn’t. She’s about to work smart, not hard. Kudos. Looking forward to that term paper.