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Graber, Robert
1993 Universal Laws: D-N, Neolithic. Posting on General
Anthropology Bulletin Board (
15 Feb. Ms. in files of author.

There is now a book out which can aid in citation of email postings.
Contact one of the authors Xia Li for more info (

Li, Xia and Nancy B. Crane
1993 Electronic Style: A Guide to Citing Electronic
Information. Westport: Meckler. ISBN 0-88736-909-X
$15.00 US.

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There follows a review of Anthro-l which mas posted on LIBREF-L +++
on Tue, 26 May 1992. Please address any inquiries about this
review may be sent to R. Muns srcmuns@umslvma.bitnet.
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Vol. 1, No. 8 ANTHRO-L (General Anthropology) 25 MAY 1992
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Published bi-weekly, when school is in session, by The University
of Missouri, St. Louis Libraries. Raleigh C. Muns, editor.



Name of List Reviewed: ANTHRO-L
Location: LISTSERV@UBVM (Bitnet)
Listowner: Ezra Zubrow, Hugh Jarvis

Number of Subscribers: 429 in 20 countries.
Period Monitored: 13 MAY 92 - 19 MAY 92 (inclusive)
No. Messages Week Monitored: 19
No. Queries Posted: 03 (16 % of total activity)
No. Non-queries Posted: 16 (84 % of total activity)
Lines Sent (w/o headers): 1019 (app. 44 screens of 23 lines)
Note: one message 608 lines long
Msgs. Posted Prev. 3 Months: 862
Searchable Archives: Yes
ANTHRO-L, self-described as a "General Anthropology Bulletin Board,"
focused primarily on issues of an administrative nature during the week
monitored. Sample topics were
Governmental oversight of academic research.
The scheduled demise of the anthropology department
at San Diego State University.
Queries and answers about the heads of various
anthropology departments.

More than half of the text received came from a single message
via the Asia Watch people regarding the abuse of East Timorese laborers
by the Indonesian government. The 608 lines of text supplied chronology,
names, and background. The message also contained three appendices
consisting of source documents (e.g., statements, petitions, signatories)
from Timorese involved in the labor abuse. Such a message is the sort to
file away to impress non-net colleagues as to the quality of information
available in the aether.

Nonetheless, the overall tone of the list failed to arouse my prurient
interest. I explored the indices of the list's archives in order to
expand my knowledge about the list's subject scope. (Like a restaurant
reviewer, I'm aware of the methodological pitfalls in assuming that one
bad pizza is representative of the menu each and every day.)

Pepperoni and anchovies abound in ANTHRO-L as I found, and explored, in
the list's archives the following topics:
Excision & Cliterodectomy
Liklik tok
Pidgin vs. Doodspeak (aka cyberspeak, aka ...)
Deviance Syllabus

There's nothing like eavesdropping on correspondence on fascinating
topics amongst experts in their field to recharge one's fascination with
LISTSERVs! Some of the Deviance Syllabus reading list has already been
incorporated into my recreational reading plans for the summer.
Speaking tentatively as a non-anthropologist, ANTHRO-L looks like
a good bet for the unconnected professional to take the computer net-
work plunge. Speaking confidently as an information junky, this list is
a very, very good read.
-R. Muns

1) Eclectic education for undergraduate anthropology
2) Contact tool for academic anthropologists.
3) Anthropology problem solving tool (e.g., "Where is ...").
4) Entertainment.
Copyright 1992. Raleigh C. Muns (Reference Librarian)
Thomas Jefferson Library, University of Missouri, St. Louis
8001 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, MO 63121 (ph:(314) 553-5059)


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