Google has scanned more than one million books onto its site for worldwide availability since partnering with libraries and universities across the country, including the University of Michigan.

The new software program intended to aid term paper writers and researchers nationwide will help students and professors know when Google has a book they’re looking for by merging Google’s catalog into online library search engines.

The University of Texas at Austin is one of the first universities to integrate Google’s catalog into its own. When students at UT type a title or author into the online catalog, they’ll know whether the book is available online through Google.

Like CTools, but butter

It’s like CTools, only better.

Medical students at the University of Alberta use their new online learning system – Homer – to access everything from class notes and online libraries to their e-mail accounts and Facebook, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported.

Students using the system can also put forth their own material like self-made quizzes or notes and access those of other students as well.

They can also post music videos.

“Diagnosis Wenckebach,” a music video suggestive of Justin Timberlake’s “Sexy Back,” made by medical students at the University of Alberta fuses hip-hop with the operating table as students twirl and rap about cardiac conditions.

Juggling plates

Students at Dickenson College don’t take their cafeteria trays for granted, because soon they might not have them, the Chronicle reported.

Dickenson is considering becoming one of many schools that no longer use cafeteria trays.

The dining director for Middlebury College, which got rid of trays in August, said the tray-elimination initiative was about conservation and workers rights. No trays means fewer dishwasher loads, which saves energy and money for Dickenson.

Show me the money

Clemson University is facing a lawsuit claiming school officials hid $80 million in cash from the state while asking for more funding and increasing tuition, The State reported.

A former executive secretary to the Clemson Board of Trustees, Gene Troutman III, filed the lawsuit.

The accusations include dictatorial control by the Board chairman, unethical salary boosts to members of the administration with close ties to the president and hoarding excessive amounts of cash.

The chairman of the Board vehemently denied allegations and said he looked forward to addressing the lawsuit in court, the product, he added, of a “disgruntled former employee.”

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