The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #99952 Message #2001118
Posted By: Scoville
19-Mar-07 - 11:18 AM
Thread Name: BS: Wikipedia Boo-Boo
Subject: RE: BS: Wikipedia Boo-Boo
I reiterate: Britannica may overall be more reliable for what it offers, but it does not offer as much, is not as helpful in terms of relating topics, and it is frequently academic to the point of sucking all the life and nuance out of entries, which matters to some of us in terms of deciding where we're going to look next for authoritative sources.
However, I agreed that Wikipedia was a blog and I said that I did not approve of its use as an academic source. If I were a teacher, I would not penalize a student for admitting that s/he started by looking at Wikipedia, or even included it in a "works consulted" (which, as opposed to a "works cited" or bibliography, includes everything, even if it wasn't directly used in the final text), but I would penalize if it appeared as a cited source.
I was a history major and work in a library. I've had a lot of practice sorting out good information from B.S. Wikipedia contains both, but it deserves neither to be worshipped nor to be written off.