Magazine article Information Today

Letter to the Editor

Magazine article Information Today

Letter to the Editor

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In Defense of Wikipedia

I read with interest the article written by Shirley Duglin Kennedy in the September 2005 Internet Waves column of Information Today about the free online dictionary, Wikipedia. As a library science student, I was surprised to learn in a reference class that Wikipedia is a "voluntarily" edited encyclopedia. I had never used it before, but some of my co-workers, [who are] seasoned librarians, use it regularly. I investigated and found that I like Wikipedia. I especially like the discussion tab of each entry where contributors discuss the uses and abuses of the terms entered. They do acknowledge up front that it is a volunteer effort and that even I can edit and create entries. Of course, when using Wikipedia, I do also check other paid for and free encyclopedias to make sure I'm getting the correct goods.

But let's give Wikipedia a chance. I do use Wikipedia and, so far, have not been led astray. I mean, they haven't called a cow a dog or led me to believe that the Czech Republic is in Australia. …

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