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09:52 pm - on Wørds and Wisdom... (and a little about Women at the end)

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[User Picture]From: duckmonster Date: May 15th, 2006 - 10:49 am (Link)
I'm a fan of wikipedia. The only thing it's bad for is, as you say, writing academic papers. And even for that, as long as you never use it as a source, per se, it's fine to read the article. You can use it to dig into other avenues that you might find not otherwise have known were related, perhaps. It'll give you the broad overview before you dig into details. It's a good tool.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: May 15th, 2006 - 11:46 am (Link)
right, that's kind of one of the things I was getting at. Its really just as good as any other encyclopedia. In fact better, since its more up to date. Funk & Wagnalls, or Britannica or whatever really shouldn't be your only source when you're writing your report on space anyway.
[User Picture]From: mokatz Date: May 15th, 2006 - 12:46 pm (Link)
Unless you are in 3rd grade. If you are in 3rd grade and writing a report about space, you can use an encyclopædia.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: May 15th, 2006 - 01:20 pm (Link)
even then its kinda silly though. What's the point? Honestly I think 3rd grade papers are silly in general. It's not like you're actually forming any opinions about anything. Now that I think about it, teachers back then used to get upset if you used an encyclopedia for your research. Exactly what is the 3rd grade paper supposed to be proving anyway?
[User Picture]From: marmal8 Date: May 15th, 2006 - 11:26 pm (Link)
I remember using an encyclopedia for those reports, but always using some other book. Because we had books back then, and people read them. The encyclopedia didn't really have all that much information in it, just kind of an overview.

We do have our (6th-8th grade) kids write social studies and science reports, and they have to use 3 different kinds of sources (web, book, and I don't recall what else, maybe encyclopedia isn't a book, I don't know).

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