Professor Praises Wikipedia

From the Chronicle of Higher Education Feb 15, 2008:

David Parry, an assistant professor of emerging media and communications at the university, writes that students need to become familiar with new and non-static forms of communication. He encourages his students to read Wikipedia’s “history” and “discussion” pages, saying they explain how articles were produced. And he says the online encyclopedia’s entry on global warming does a good job of explaining both the controversy and the science surrounding the issue.

I use Wikipedia regularly and have few complaints. In general, I think its a great resource. While I would not end my research there (or any other single resource), I don’t have a problem starting there for quick facts. And I agree with Parry, that the discussions regarding articles can be very illuminating.

3 thoughts on “Professor Praises Wikipedia”

  1. Agreed, it’s good for quick facts. I take my Wikipedia with a grain of salt but use it a lot to find other, confirming sources. At the bottom of just about every article is an “External Links’ section where I often find primary source material for the topic I’m researching.

  2. It is a site generated by the public, so only put as much faith in it as you put in your fellow human beings.

    Personally, I put a lot of faith in people, and the process of the community pooling together its knowledge for the greater good is almost inspiring.

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