Study on Student use of Wikipedia

March 18th, 2010 · Comments Off

Interesting study published by librarians from the University of Washington on “How Today’s Students Use Wikipedia for Course-Related Research.”  The article is online, via creative commons license (thanks to authors Alison Head and Michael Eisenberg).   One of the key findings includes what resources do students turn to for background information.  Wikipedia ranked 6th.  Above it […]

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Britannica’s Overhaul

April 2nd, 2009 · 4 Comments

Original article in Boston Globe.  By Hiawatha Bray Boston Globe Staff / March 31, 2009 Enter Britannica For 241 years, it’s been the gold standard of reference books, a premium-priced digest of the world’s accumulated knowledge. Now it’s being overwhelmed by an eight-year-old online upstart authored by amateurs and available at no charge. How can […]

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A View From the Top Panel at ALA

July 2nd, 2008 · Comments Off

Here’s a snapshot from the ALA Presentation – A View from the Top. Left to right: John Barnes, Gale/Cengage, Rolf Janke, Sage, Sue Polanka, WSU, Michael Ross, Britannica, Casper Grathwohl, Oxford To start the session, each of the panelists was asked: Will we have reference in 10-15 years?  If so, what will it look like? […]

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