cut-and-paste generation

Tue Nov 14 17:22:22 UTC 2000

        From an from The Chronicle of Higher Education
(, Tuesday, November 14, 2000: Digital-Library
Company Plans to Charge Students a Monthly Fee  for Access, By GOLDIE

[The article concerns a new company that intends to sell access to
books and journal articles to students]

  As for how Questia might affect the way students research and
write, Ms. Okerson says the service just creates a more robust
approach to what many already do now with information they  locate on
the Internet. "I keep hearing this called the  'cut-and-paste
generation,'" she says. "It's going to be up to  teachers and
librarians to keep instilling the values of  teaching and research."

[The "cut-and paste generation" remark is explained by passages which
appeared earlier in the original article:]

  Questia says it will have more than 50,000 scholarly books and
  journals in its electronic collection by January, and five
  times as many by 2003. The company says its service will help
  "time-crunched students" write their papers more quickly.


  Troy Williams, a 1998 Harvard Law School graduate who is
  Questia's founder, president, and C.E.O., says the service's
  search-and-copy features respond to the way students really do
  their papers. "They're not reading the books," says Mr.


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