Beware of Internet surfing ?

Joseph Bento joseph at
Wed Feb 3 17:57:01 CST 2010

On Feb 3, 2010, at 4:18 PM, Philip Miller Tate wrote:
> Yes, but I don't find the experience and outcome that different from when I had time to wander into a University library occasionally. When I was very young, my father invested in a full set of Encyclopaedia Britannica. I would look something up to help me research a school essay and would end up with a pile of volumes alongside me three hours later, with essay forgotten. You might say that there is a difference between EB and the internet, but forty years later I am now aware that many things I read in those encyclopaedia volumes is now proven untrue.

I can recall back in my elementary school library using the Encyclopedia Britannica for research and essays.   The Britannica was always the 'Cadillac'  (or Rolls Royce, perhaps) of encyclopedias.  I always found it amazing how the teachers instinctively knew when plagiarism  occurred.  Could they have memorized all 32 volumes, not to mention the annuals that were stacked alongside?  Certainly they wouldn't actually look up the bibliography reference?  Such was the mindset when one was 12 years of age.

Years later, I actually though of buying a full set of 10-year old Britannicas from a second-hand store for $20 simply because I was always so impressed by them as a child.  Now it's sort of sad that the encyclopedia is essentially obsolete.

Joe, N6DGY

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