Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Wikipedia vs. Encyclopaedia Britannica
Librarians have a keen interest in the authority of sources. We teach students to evaluate sources all the time; even government sources. Library faculty teach students to consider the source, focus on quality, look for evidence, check for currency and examine a source for bias. A topic of hot debate in our profession is the accuracy of Wikipedia versus the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Nature: International weekly journal of science published a study comparing the two sources. The study initiated great debates among librarians about the reliability of Wikipedia. Encyclopaedia Britannica refuted the findings on encyclopedic accuracy reported by in Nature.
Posted by Kathy Lowe at 10:44 AM