If you hadn't sent me after that snipe, I would've had plenty of time to put better slides together.
November 15, 2010 8:45 PM Subscribe
Should I tell my professor that I'm pretty sure he gave me an incorrect reference, which cost me a good deal of preparation time on an assignment, or is this the kind of thing I'm expected to be able to deal with easily?
posted by yomimono to Education (20 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm in a pretty high-level course where most of the grade is based on a research project. Part of the grade is for a paper on the project, and part of it is for a presentation which I'll be giving tomorrow morning (eep!). Our professor volunteered to give some initial sources on our topics to get us started, so I met with him to settle on my topic. A week later, I e-mailed him to ask for the references. A week after that, he sent them to me.
Once I got my list of references, I noticed that one was a self-published book that isn't in our university library. I placed an interlibrary loan request that took an absurdly long time to be filled, so I didn't receive the volume until about a week before my presentation was scheduled. Once I got it and opened it up, I was shocked that any library carried it at all. It's a poorly-written, self-published book with a nutball thesis, and on top of that its bibliography is missing the name of the authors. All of them.
I am pretty sure that in some last-minute polishing-up researching tonight (my presentation is tomorrow) I found the book my professor actually meant to recommend, which is relevant, published by Oxford, and not written by a crazy person. It also has a similar title, and I think it would be possible to misremember one author's name as the other if one were searching quickly and trying to get an annoying undergrad off one's back.
My problem is that I now have a 400-page book to run through and incorporate into my arguments and previous research, and my presentation is tomorrow. Is it appropriate to mention to my professor that my presentation is not all it could be, because of the lost time? I can't think of a way to explain this to my professor that doesn't sound like an accusation.