Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wikipedia or...?

A recent article from MIT Technology Review (The Decline of Wikipedia  by Tom Simonite, Oct. 22, 2013) discusses the fall of Wikipedia as the source for "all human knowledge" (Wikipedia's claim). Most college students know Wikipedia isn't the best source for writing papers, but it may not even be the best source for many other things.

"Among the significant problems that aren’t getting resolved is the site’s skewed coverage: its entries on Pokemon and female porn stars are comprehensive, but its pages on female novelists or places in sub-Saharan Africa are sketchy. Authoritative entries remain elusive."

Considering that 90% of contributors are male and its complex bureaucracy, this lack of scope isn't all that surprising. Luckily, there are plenty of other sources for quality, authoritative information. The libraries' books, journals, and databases are among these. A few sources that are similarly comprehensive for general knowledge, historical background, and current events include:

No comments:

Post a Comment