Wikipedia, Once Shunned, Now Embraced in the Classroom

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussions' started by MaceWindu, Nov 20, 2022.

  1. MaceWindu

    MaceWindu Active Member

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  2. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    Not me. I still shun it.
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  3. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    The "never use Wikipedia" folks never have a rational explanation for their irrational hate. No one should quote from Wikipedia, and sometimes sources are missing, but the community is pretty good at noting when a source is needed. One of my professors about 10 years ago had a logical view of Wikipedia's usefulness. He said it was a good place to start because the article will likely point you to good sources. You should be going to the original source anyway.
  4. AsianStew

    AsianStew Moderator Staff Member

    Basically, I've always used them as a reference point of some sort and additional resource, but as mentioned, most articles/wikis have links to other sources that may be more credible and detailed. Classrooms should use this as a secondary option for getting 'quick' information, the main primary/secondary sources should be from provided course materials and textbooks, etc.
  5. SweetSecret

    SweetSecret Active Member

    It's interesting to me that another website exists that is supposed to ve a fact checker, and yet numerous times I have found the site to be incorrect. Yet, Wikipedia tends to be more often correct because they have numerous people editing and sourcing provided. The first website really should take note from Wikipedia, which speaks volumes.
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  6. Tireman 44444

    Tireman 44444 Well-Known Member

    That is exactly what I tell my students
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