Weekly Assignment #6

Mea culpa! So sorry I didn’t post the assignment. Here it is, and you may post your responses when you can.

Please do one or both of the following:

  • Find 1-2 “new model” digital scholarly projects online that are related (however loosely) to your topic. Describe and evaluate the usefulness of the scholarly project(s) as usual, but please also look for and mention evidence that the scholarly project is in fact scholarly. Who is the primary scholar responsible for it? Does it have an editorial board? Is it peer-reviewed in some fashion? Is it associated with a particular university, center, institute, foundation, or university press?
  • Do a keyword search related to your topic on Google and then on 1-2 other search engines and describe the differences between the Google results and the other results (please say which keywords you used).

Other search engines you might try include Vivisimo and Dogpile. See also Wikipedia’s list of search engines. If you can get it to work, there’s also fascinating information to be had at Thumbshots Ranking.

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  1. Erin Callahan

    Hi,
    Thanks for posting the assignment. Prof. French, would you please confirm in class tomorrow that we have a few more days to post our responses? Thanks.
    EC

  2. Liz Jenkins

    I found a really neat project that was started by Dr. Michael Groden, who is a Joyce professor at the University of Western Ontario. In 1996, in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania Press, Dr. Groden began work on a project called James Joyce’s “Ulysses” in Hypermedia. It was supposed to be an interactive digital copy of Ulysses. The project began to grow, recieving grants from several major universities. In 2002, the project merged with another Joyce project involving the “Ulysses” manuscripts housed at the rare book library of SUNY Buffalo. In 2003, the project recieved a Mellon grant and the Proteus chapter of “Ulysses” was created in Hypermedia and ready to be placed on the internet. It was at this point that the James Joyce estate stepped in and would not allow the project to be published on the internet, citing infringment of copyright laws. At the end of 2004, with most of the project completed, it was suspended indefinitly. I was frustrated when I read about this project because it would have been an invaluble resource. I was unable to find out more about the dispute between the estate and the project, but it would be interesting to know if there is still active communication to try and get this project up and running.

  3. Emily Rutter

    In my search, I used three key word combinations that were successful in my library search of this topic. All three search engines brought up very similar search information with the three different keyword searches. The keyword combinations were the following: William Faulkner and African American characters, William Faulkner and race and William Faulkner and black characters. Most of the sites were totally unrelated to my topic, like plot summaries and biographical information. Google and Vivisimo produced the most pertinent information, mainly essays related to my topic. Dogpile, however, gave me results for ?William Faulkner and African Americans? that were produced from only one of the words in my keyword search even when I tried a number of different strategies to focus the search. For example, I kept receiving sites only related to African Americans like dating advertisements and hair products, though the two other keyword searches were better about producing more applicable sites. Also, I noticed that Amazon advertisements appeared in all of my Google searches, but none of my Vivisimo searches. The search results that were useful were produced by all of the search engines, thus it was a more or less fruitless comparison.

  4. E. Ashley Yates

    The International Vladimir Nabokov Society (IVNS) is a project ?dedicated to the appreciation of the writings of Vladimir Nabokov, to the exchange of views and information concerning these writings, and to the fellowship of their readers.? It was originally named the Vladimir Nabokov Society and was founded December 29, 1978. This was formed out of a special Nabokov session sponsored by the Modern Language Association. The current officers of organization are Dr. Charles Nicol, a professor of English at Indiana State University, and Dr. Priscilla Meyer, a professor of Russian at Wesleyan University. Twice-yearly the IVNS publishes ?The Nabokovian?, which features news of the field; an annual Nabokov bibliography; annotations to Nabokov?s works; abstracts of articles, books, and dissertations; photographs and illustrations; notes and queries. It only cost an annual fee of $15 to receive ?The Nabokovian?, which I will be doing. This will prove a very valuable source for my Nabokov studies. The IVNS also sponsors an annual journal, ?Nabokov Studies?. This journal is a refereed scholarly publication that welcomes submissions on any aspect of Nabokov?s work. This journal was founded in 1994 by Dr. Barton Johnson. The journal is edited by Dr. Zoran Kuzmanovich, a professor of English at Davidson College here in North Carolina! Subscription to this journal is about $25 – $30, and which I will probably also be subscribing.
    I used ?Vladimir Nabokov? as my keyword for all searches. Google, Vivisimo, and Dogpile all gave the same search results on the first page of results. They were arranged in a different order per search engine. Dogpile was a little different in showing results for places to purchase Nabokov books.

  5. Domenica Vilhotti

    Scholarly Projects:
    Interestingly, the first link to pop up after a basic google search using the keywords ?Mary Shelley Project? lead me to the project ?My Hideous Progeny? written by a graduate student as part of her MA thesis at Utrecht University titled ?Functional Literary Web Sites on the Internet: Fact or Fiction?? (her thesis is attached; long story short, literary web sites leave much to be desired). This site was terrifically organized and would offer ideal information for a high school student. From her site, I was directed to at least 17 other helpful sites, only several of which I will mention here of particular interest or as scholarly as defined in class:
    – ?The Shelleys and their Circle: A Gothic Family?, as part of the University of Virginia?s Library Exhibit, ?Sublime Anxiety: The Gothic Family and the Outsider?
    – ?Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley: Chronology and Resource Site,? organized by Shanon Lawson, at the University of Delaware. This site is part of the ?Romantic Circles? website; I assume it has been edited by the Romantic Circles review board, but am unsure how to check.
    – ?The Frankenstein Chronology,? compiled by Russell A. Potter at Rhode Island College, deals primarily with contemporary cultural events affected by and affecting the novel.
    Search Engines:
    Played quickly here. I used the following keywords: Frankenstein gender Shelley
    – Vivisimo is outstanding, especially for quick scholarly searches. Definitely bookmarking. I love the ?clustering? option– clusters that popped up were ?essays? (31 results), ?feminism? (21 results), ?Romanticism? (21 results), and eight more.
    – Dogpile was also quite well organized, but, like google, it seemed only to return sites for profit. I appreciated that Vivisimo somehow seems to avoid doing this.
    – Thumbshots, unfortunately, wasn?t working for me. Another time.
    That?s all for this week– dv

  6. s. dunstan

    The search terms I used were:
    Linguistic profiling
    Linguistic/Language prejudice
    Linguistic disrcrimnation
    I used the search engines Google, Vivisimo and Dogpile for my searches. When I searched linguistic profiling, Google and Vivisimo gave me strikingly similar results, and the results were generally pretty decent, though not as good as a scholarly search engine. Google Scholar is pretty good though. The results for the other more vague terms were sort of hit or miss with both. I was really disappointed with Dogpile. I used that search engine a lot in highschool and I loved it, but now I find it lacking.

  7. Sowmya Bharadwaj

    Topic: English for Specific Purposes
    1. The only ESP project that I came upon was the Romanian English for Special Purposes Project (PROSPER). A British Council managed project, PROSPER is aimed at improving the ESP skills of people in key sectors of Romania’s economy as well as upgrading ESP teaching in certain Higher Education Institutions. The project seemed to have a lot of useful material for my research; unfortunately, they don’t have online content, and provide only an e-mail ID for further information.
    2. The three search engines I used were Google, Vivismo and Dogpile. My keywords for the search were English for Specific Purposes, Research in English for Specific Purposes and English for Specific Purposes – issues.
    While all the search engine results were mostly similar, Vivismo was the best. Google, as ever, gave me good, relevant results, but I found Vivismo a shade better as it gave me new leads as well. I also found the Clustered Results on the left hand side in Vivismo very handy. I was initially very excited with the “Are you looking for?” option in Dogpile, but none of it showed up relevant links. That was very disappointing.

  8. Scott Dill

    John Donne’s sermons are all online at a site found on BYU’s server. They provide quick access to sermons near impossible to find in print, but, more importantly, are searchable. If one wants to find what he said in a sermon on a given topic this resource is extremely helpful.
    There is also the Donne Variorum Project at Texas A&M. The website isn’t all that helpful though, since it is meant more as a promotion of the print edition than an online project.

  9. Susanna Branyon

    This search proved a successful one. Google took me to the Ole Miss Center for the Study of Southern Culture Foodways Alliance, which I’d already found. They’re doing an archive of people telling stories about Southern food experiences. The site is edited by the staff of the CSSC and seems pretty active and well kept-up.
    Dogpile didn’t reveal anything new, but Vivisimo took me to an Iowa State professor’s site on the role of Agriculture in Southern Literature…pretty closely related to the theme of “food in southern literature.” He’s doing an online discussion forum which is seems like he plans to use in his classes. I assume he edits the responses, but they seemed pretty untouched…perhaps he cleans them up before they hit the discussion circle in his classroom.

  10. Aaron Turney

    The first thing I found is pretty amazing actually; it gets an a-plus for uniqueness and mystery. It is called Charles Olson’s Melville Project. It is an online publication from UCONN with images and transcriptions of margin notes taken from hundreds of books owned by Melville. The discovery of Olson’s notes, which are water damaged and old, sounds like such a great opportunity for these UCONN scholars who are making it available to the rest of us. Probably this would be a favorite of Melville scholars, and a great thing to use in research because the notes give us a look at a more candid voice of the author (who could often be anything but) Anyway, it was just so cool, I had to mention it.
    I also found a more conventional online American Gothic LIt project out of Stanford called Appendix N: American Gothic in Literature. It is a great site with links to scholarly info (publications, names, etc). It also has links to more major works by title as well as links to less known authors/titles. It is well organized and the links are all alive and well.
    A google search for “american gothic literature criticism” seems to have mostly ignored the criticism part. I got some online indexes of actual authors and a couple of edu sites. The same search on Dogpile yielded about the same except one kind of cool hit which was “Sources recommended by a professor whose research specialty is Gothic literature.” at infograph.com. While this was a .com site, it still simply offered a list of what he deemed the premier scholarship of American Gothic Writing. The same search on Vivisimo totally rocked. It actually identified which hits were essays and which hailed from universities. It looked like this:
    american gothic literature criticism (187)
    +?University (25)+?Fiction (27)+?Library (26)+?Horror tales (15)+?English and American Literature (14)+?Review (12)+?Bibliography (11)+?Essays (9)+?Romance, History And Criticism (8)+?PAL, Perspectives in American Literature (6)
    When you click on those links, there’s a bunch of promising stuff in there.

  11. Matt Davis

    After a quick search with my standard phrase, I found a Dept. of Education project called the National Writing Project (www.nationalwritingproject.org), which, although it is not directly related to my topic, will give me a good idea of what government programs are currently dealing with the issues of the role(s) of literature in the writing classroom.
    The second find was dead-on: a project by John Briggs, Prof of English at UC Riverside, called The Briggs Report, which was made possible by an ALSC (Academy of Literary Scholars and Critics) grant and discusses the role of freshman composition for a university. More importantly, it includes an article entitled “Writing Without Reading: The Decline of Litertaure in the Composition Classroom” which I hope to locate via the NCSU library site.

  12. Summerlin Page

    And that was me that just posted that, sorry.