Bad "scholarly article" needed for information literacy classes

William Smith aikidude at GMAIL.COM
Mon Mar 9 18:12:11 EDT 2015 :)

On Mon, Mar 9, 2015 at 2:26 PM, Stacy Pober <stacy.pober at>

> I'm looking for an example of a badly written pseudo-scholarly article to
> use as an example in an info literacy class.
> For years, I used a badly written veterinary article that was on the
> website of a manufacturer of herbal supplements. It claimed to be a report
> of the results of a double-blind study of their products as used to treat a
> particular disease but it described a terribly designed study which was not
> even single-blinded.  It had no bibliography.  It used some of the
> buzzwords of academia and was co-authored by two veterinarians and the
> owner of the supplement company. It was a very good example of very awful
> pseudo-academic writing.
> Alas, the company has taken the article down from the web.
> Does anyone have some similarly bad articles they can suggest using?  I am
> not looking for articles that are written just to prove that one can write
> badly, and I don't want one of those articles written by an automatic paper
> generating program.. I know there are some of those on the web. I want one
> that is bad but written by people who sincerely thought they were writing a
> good research article.
> The article I used to use was chosen partly because of the large number of
> people who linked to it from other websites.  Those other sites were
> linking to it because they believed it. They were not using it as a bad
> example.
> --
> Stacy Pober
> Information Alchemist
> Manhattan College Library
> Riverdale, NY 10471
> stacy.pober at
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