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Humanist Archives: Jan. 10, 2019, 6:12 a.m. Humanist 32.314 - thoughts on Wikipedia

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 314.
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        Date: 2019-01-08 12:34:12+00:00
        From: Stuart Dunn 
        Subject: RE: [Humanist] 32.309: thoughts on Wikipedia?

This is an interesting question. In my own work, both teaching and research, I
find Wikipedia to be a useful backup tool for checking facts and scoping
background - at least on subjects which are not controversial. But of course,
the strictures of our professional and institutional environments compel us to
tell students to eschew "non-peer reviewed sources", of which Wikipedia is the
most obvious example, in any and all circumstances. I would much prefer to see
students taught how to use Wikipedia critically and sensibly, and to recognise
and understand its intellectual limits, rather than ignoring it altogether. I.e.
don't cite it in support of a discursive argument for sure, don't employ it
where there is controversy, and wherever possible corroborate what you find
there. But that don't pretend it doesn't exist, and that it can't have other
uses. The question is how do we acknowledge those uses, outside the frameworks
of traditional bibliographic citation.


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                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 309.
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        Date: 2019-01-07 21:13:47+00:00
        From: Ken Friedman 
        Subject: What are your thoughts on Wikipedia?

Dear Colleagues,

This is a group with useful and well developed thoughts on all matters digital.
I’m curious for opinions on a specific topics.

What are your thoughts on Wikipedia?

I’d welcome opinions from members of the Humanist list with reasons for those



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