As I sit up late, grading assignments …

… I am impressed with the resourcefulness of my students. I unintentionally gave them a hard assignment, last week, and they all gave it a pretty good shot. They used several techniques to locate the answers to hypothetical reference questions, including collaboration, asking a practicing reference librarian for guidance, searching archival collections, and asking me for clarification of the results – or non-results – they were finding. 

So while I feel bad that the assignment was harder than it needed to be, I am actually elated that the students were able to meet the challenge and produce mostly credible sources and answers. 

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