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  • In the defense of Wikipedia . . .
  • It’s time for all of us to come clean . .
  • Whether it’s an academic question to a mundane query, we’ve all used wikipedia. How many people in this room have used Wikipedia?
  • These are the statistics as of 2007.
  • And if we are told not to use it . . .
  • Why do we continue to use it?
  • We all need information: therefore we love it. We can’t live without it. We want it now and we want it fast.
  • But once we get on the web, or the internet . . . .
  • We’re like kids in a candy store. We want everything. Especially, if it’s free. And who would turn down free candy?
  • Wikipedia provides us a venue where we can get information fast and free. Instead of looking at Wikipedia as a place where you can get answers why don’t we look at it as a
  • Is Wikipedia Model Perfect? No it isn’t. But the question is if so many people are using that means it must be useful for them.
  • We should teach others to use Wikipedia as a starting point for research
  • And by analyzing some of what Wikipedia has to offer, we can become more information literate.
  • Many articles in Wikipedia contain some useful tools for us to use to find reliable sources.
  • Should we keep pushing away Wikipedia and what it offers . . .
  • Or can we come to the agreement that we can use Wikipedia for it’s strengths and weaknesses?
  • Because in the end, won’t we all be more Information Literate? Thank you.
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