Beware of Internet surfing ?

Robert E. Seastrom rs at
Fri Feb 5 14:38:14 CST 2010

My guidance counselor in sixth grade (yes, we had 'em that young,
Quaker school) had to go to bat for me with my new English teacher who
had just handed me an "F" on suspicion of plagiarism.  "Yes, Rob
really does write like that."


"Mike O'Dell" <mo at> writes:

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