Unit 5 Discussion

The Internet is a universe in which a wealth of information is accessible to anyone, anywhere, at any time. Searches can find information on a vast range of topics from how to fry an egg, to how to make a tesla turbine. Unfortunately, not all information is reliable nor should it be cited as a reference, particularly in any document in which validity of sources must be ascertained.

Please read Content Volatility of Scientific Topics in Wikipedia: A Cautionary Tale by Adam M. Wilson and Gene E. Likens andWikipedia in Court: When and How Citing Wikipedia and Other Consensus Websites is Appropriate by Jason C. Miller and Hannah B. Murray.

What do each of these articles tell you about citing Wikipedia and other websites? Do you think that despite the criticism, Wikipedia and other websites are a valuable resource to the public, or do you think that some things are better left to the experts?

Wilson, A. M., & Likens, G. E. (2015). Content Volatility of Scientific Topics in Wikipedia: A Cautionary Tale. PLoS ONE, 10(8), 1–5. Doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0134454

 

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