Paul L. Caron

Monday, January 29, 2007

Some Colleges Ban Citations to Wikipedia

Following up on this morning's post on how courts are increasingly citing Wikipedia:  today's Inside Higher Ed reports that professors are taking a stand against students citing Wikipedia in their papers:

As Wikipedia has become more and more popular with students, some professors have become increasingly concerned about the online, reader-produced encyclopedia. ...

Experts on digital media said ... [there is] growing concern among faculty members about the accuracy of what students find online. But some worry that bans on citing Wikipedia may not deal with the underlying issues....

In the world of college librarians, a major topic of late has been how to guide students in the right direction for research, when Wikipedia and similar sources are so easy.

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Is this much ado about nothing? Any college worth its salt should not be allowing students to use secondary sources as cites - but why should Wikipedia be singled out - shouldn't this apply to all encylopedias? Wikipedia at least has a self correcting mechanism.

Posted by: drtaxsacto | Jan 29, 2007 10:06:01 PM