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March 13, 2006

wikipedia (research references)

Wouldn't you know that Wikipedia has a link on discourse? :-) I followed some of the debate on the Association of Internet Researchers Listserv (last fall). There was a strong bias to traditional sources. Not because they're traditional (which doesn't hurt) but because of the peer review process (which has plenty of its own problems, eh?). I came down on the side of allowing students to use online sources for data and as a beginning for research, but that "facts" should be verified through an academic library.

Then I read the Wired 14.03 ping by Joi Ito, who said:

"I wish people would stop comparing a living organisim to deadwood."

Posted by Steph at March 13, 2006 8:37 PM


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