10.0527 e-diss; Italian linguistics; plagarism

WILLARD MCCARTY (willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk)
Mon, 16 Dec 1996 08:41:27 +0000 (GMT)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 10, No. 527.
Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (Princeton/Rutgers)
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Information at http://www.princeton.edu/~mccarty/humanist/

[1] From: mgk3k@faraday.clas.virginia.edu (13)
Subject: electronic dissertations news and updates -- for

[2] From: Stefania Spina <sspina@mbox.vol.it> (29)
Subject: New web page on italian linguistics

[3] From: PESELYG@APSU01.APSU.EDU (34)
From: James O'Donnell <jod@ccat.sas.upenn.edu>
From: Linda Wright <lwright@cac.washington.edu>
Subject: suspicious minds, or to catch a thief (fwd)

Date: Sun, 15 Dec 1996 17:08:49 -0500
From: mgk3k@faraday.clas.virginia.edu
Subject: electronic dissertations news and updates -- for Humanist

If you haven't been by the electronic theses and dissertations site lately,
you might want to take a look; there have been a number of recent additions
to the ETD projects directory, and I have also just added a link to the ETD
submission guidelines which UMI has recently released. In addition, I have
placed on-line a draft of a paper entitled "Electronic Publishing and
Doctoral Dissertations in the Humanities," which I will be presenting at the
upcoming MLA. Commentary would be most appreciated. All of this is at:


(The essay and the link to UMI are off of the "about ETDs" section.)

Matthew G. Kirschenbaum University of Virginia
mgk3k@virginia.edu Department of English
http://faraday.clas.virginia.edu/~mgk3k Electronic Text Center

Date: Sun, 15 Dec 1996 14:22:08 +0000
From: Stefania Spina <sspina@mbox.vol.it>
Subject: New web page on italian linguistics

[Apologies if you receive multiple copies of this.]

I'm pleased to announce a new Web Page concerning italian linguistics,
whose name is Linguaggio e Comunicazione. You can visit it at the URL


Its main resource is my HTML version of 1872-73 linguistics unpublished
lessons of italian linguist Giovanni Flechia (1811-1892). I've been
working on the original manuscript (226 pages written by a student of
the University of Torino) since 1992 (I first converted it in electronic
format, then I decided to put it on the Internet and offer it to all the
interested linguists).

The subject of these lessons (in italian) deals with latin and italian
morphology, with many digressions on italian dialects. The linguistic
relevance of the text is great, because Flechia was probably, in those
years well known as fundamental for the birth of italian language
science, the only linguist who can be "compared" to G.I. Ascoli, the
father of italian linguistics.

My pages are (for the moment) only in italian and contain also:

a) a small archive on language-concerning articles published by italian
b) information and data on my paper about the feminine names of job in
italian literature.

Any comments and suggestions are welcomed.
Stefania Spina
Perugia - Italy

Date: Fri, 13 Dec 1996 21:45:56 -0600 (CST)
Subject: suspicious minds, or to catch a thief

From: APSU01::PESELYG 13-DEC-1996 21:41:32.87
Subj: cheating on www


A post-script to yesterday's message about
plagiarism from the schoolsucks.com website:

The student who handed in a paper straight off of
schoolsucks handed in a paper to my graduate
student's class that seemed suspicious. The paper
wasn't listed on schoolsucks, so I took an unusual
phrase from the paper ("predetermined preference") and
entered it on Alta Vista's search engine.

The search took about 10 seconds.
Out of 8 million web documents containing 16 billion words
catalogued by Alta Vista, that phrase showed up on 2
documents. One of the two was an alternative site for
term papers, and contained the precise paper this
student had handed in.

So, if you come across any suspicious papers as the
semester runs down, you may want to pay a visit to

One hint for search engine newbies: A search on
"predetermined preference" with the quotation marks in Alta
Vista brings up just two sites, both of which have that exact
phrase. A search on predetermined preference without the
quotation marks brings up 60,000 sites, which includes all
sites that have either phrase.


Jeffrey Segal
Department of Political Science
SUNY Stony Brook
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4392
(516) 632-7662
fax: (516) 632-9023