Abstract

Abstract:

Digital information practices such as unregulated meme and post creation, uncited quotations, and frequent reposting across social media platforms all enable the rising Internet phenomenon of sharing misremembered or inaccurate "quotes" by famous authors. Charles Dickens is often misquoted or falsely identified as originator of a saying either deriving from a film adaptation, or that typifies his known opinions. Since these quotations are not fact-checked and generally cannot be flagged or taken down by other users, mistakes proliferate online. By not verifying them before use, instructors and authors risk including false or inaccurate quotations in their presentations and publications. Searching for a dubious "quote" in Internet archives, databases, and online tools can combat such errors by revealing whether it actually appears in published writing by Dickens or his biographers. Techniques are provided for navigating these digital searches successfully

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