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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Do You Trust Wikipedia? Vote!

Research Grrl brings up an interesting point! Tell us what you think!

4 Comments:

Blogger Melba Tomeo said...

Apologies for the weird poll results -- they only reflect your vote. This is my first online poll and I still need to figure some things out.

4:55 PM  
Blogger Melba Tomeo said...

I've cleared up the hanging chad problem by going with a different polling site.... Check the RockTechTalk technology blog to read more!

8:21 AM  
Blogger Cathy Rudowsky said...

I love the poll Melba. I thought it was fun. I voted with the majority so far (12 of us) and said sometimes. I think that you can get great introductory information from Wikipedia and it often leads to other sources. However, like anything, you have to evaluate the author of the information, and it doesn't hurt to confirm the information via another source. There may be items of information on Wikipedia that are wrong, but can't we say the same thing for the New York Times, a trusted source of information. Be critical and evaluate; it's all part of being information literate. :-)

3:13 PM  
Blogger SRUResearchGrrl said...

I guess that I opened a can of worms before I went underground for a few days. The Wikipedia thing was not meant in any way to discredit Wikipeidia as an information source. HOWEVER, it is important to keep in mind that the website you use to check out random trivia questions probably should not be a main source for a research paper.

Wikipedia is like beer, it's good every once in a while but if you try using it every day, you are going to have some problems.

1:20 PM  

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