Beware of Internet surfing ?

Mike O'Dell mo at
Fri Feb 5 13:06:21 CST 2010

the biggest "tell" for plagiarism is the hugely
different tone in the language of an encyclopedia
and the English of a grade school student.


On 2/3/10 6:57 PM, Joseph Bento wrote:
> 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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