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Wikipedia: Just say no

WIKIPEDIA CRAZY!

I have to admit, I used Wikipedia to answer a reference question the other day. I am sure we are all guilty of this, or soon will be. But what are our alternatives? What would we tell a patron that can't use Wikipedia?

ONLINE ENCYCLOPEDIAS, FACTBOOKS, AND DICTIONARIES!
Guess what... Gleeson Library subscribes to all these things:

Hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference sources, all online!

How did you get there you may ask.

Library homepage --> Start your research --> General Reference Sources (right side)

Jeeze, that sure is buried, huh?

Well we have plans to move this gold mine front and center of the library homepage, but we're trying to decide what to call it.

What do you think would be a good name for the link that would clearly demonstrate the content?

"Use this instead of wikipedia"?
"Online encyclopedias"?
"Doofus, click here"? (j/k)

Shout it out! Let us know!
And while you're at it, what does this mean to you?
Why are encyclopedias and dictionaries valuable? How are they used in research?


Comments

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(Anonymous)
Sep. 20th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
Wikipedia is one of my favorite websites when I do my research...



how about call it...

"Yes Encycl! No Wiki!" or "encyclopedias S.O.S." :)


Fang-Yu
(Anonymous)
Sep. 20th, 2008 11:37 pm (UTC)
Wikipedia
Anyone can post anything on Wikipedia, which then it's sent to a database where it's checked for credibility but why would anyone want to use a reference where the information can stem from anyone sort of computer savvy person. As for a link name, maybe something about encyclopedias being the anti-wikipedia, or at least something funny or catchy.

-Kathleen
(Anonymous)
Sep. 21st, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
hmm what to call it.. how about:
trustworthy alternative to Wikipedia

-Katie Patterson
(Anonymous)
Sep. 21st, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC)
thanks for the info, and as for the name, maybe, turbo-pedia, i don't know, i'm horrible with names
-Valeria
(Anonymous)
Sep. 23rd, 2008 01:05 am (UTC)
i like katie patterson's name choice
ya gotta throw wikipedia in there somwhere
good ideas y'all
kate
(Anonymous)
Sep. 23rd, 2008 06:26 am (UTC)
I would call it online reference materials, that makes sense right? You guys have got to check out Credo, It's the coolest of all the online ref. databases.

-mike
(Anonymous)
Sep. 23rd, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
Maybe call it...Valuable & Credible Resources..Not Including Wikipedia.
I sometimes use Wikipedia too..it can be helpful to get a general idea of a topic but it's definitely not credible and I wouldn't use it to write a research paper.

-Eva Burkland
(Anonymous)
Sep. 24th, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
gd points Kelci!!
thx~~~~

Katie.C
(Anonymous)
Sep. 25th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
Great points!
i like all the ones people came up with. :)
hmmm how about substitute for Wiki?
(Anonymous)
Sep. 25th, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
oh that was me, Mekdi, that just posted the comment lol.
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