Vulcan’s Peak


February 24, 2007 6:56 pm

Poke brought this to my attention a while back on her blog (last paragraph); here’s the most recent development: A History Department Bans Citing Wikipedia as a Research Source.

First reaction: Uh…duh? Like I said in the comments on her blog, trying to use Wikipedia as a source for a research paper is not only a poor choice of source material, but also incredibly lazy. I wasn’t allowed to cite encyclopedias in my high school essays; college students should be digging much, much deeper than that. Wiki is a great tool, but not a scholarly tool.

I do think that the idea of assigning students to create Wikipedia entries is pretty nifty, though.

My great joy in the NY Times piece is that Jimmy Wales seems very calm about it and says pretty much the same thing I did. Awesome guy.

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