Lynn Olanoff – ” Linda O’Connor regards Wikipedia the same way former first lady Nancy Reagan campaigned against drugs. She urges people to “Just Say No.”
November 18, 2007
Wikipedia is an interesting concept. As a starting research point, I wouldn’t completely discourage its use. I would simply encourage the education of its users with the old and very appropriate adage: “consider the source.”
I agree with jdb. I encourage students to begin research with Wikipedia if they know little about a topic, need some background or must limit their focus. Its outline, related links, bibliograpies, graphics and additional resources also offer the amateur researcher added help. Rarely does a teacher allow Wikipedia in a bibliography or works cited page, so students understand its limitations.
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