Linda's Professional Journey

An Academic Librarian's experiences and notes

Charms of Wikipedia

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Wikipedia, a free source for the common people. How many hours have I wittled away at it. I remember starting to use it when I was in college. Still I was reading this book review and the article mentioned how the beginning was like and then vandals occurred.

When I am at the reference desk with students, often the professor will not allow Wikipedia to even be a source, however it would be helpful for the student who is doing a background resource to just read Wikipedia, but don’t take the contents of the site as gospel. There is always validated links at the external link resources that student s can use.

I like the usefulness of Wikipedia and it helps a little bit when the word wiki is spawned in other types of web site technologies.

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Written by Linda

April 9, 2008 at 4:54 pm

Posted in Reviews

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  1. Couldn’t agree more!!

    Look at wikipedia, read the articles, then go and find the info somewhere else and source your paper. Everyone wins!!

    Cheers 🙂

    pKay

    April 10, 2008 at 11:41 pm

  2. i agree with you 100%. wiki is a good place to get your bearings. use it like you would use a compass.

  3. Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Stakes.

    Stakes

    June 19, 2008 at 4:28 am


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