Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Wikipedia: A Professor's Curse

For years, I have been begging my students to stop relying on Wikipedia for all of their research needs. And they still do it. I appeal to their reason trying to explain how easy it is for anybody to add completely spurious data to any Wikipedia article. But they never listen to me and keep quoting Wikipedia with annoying regularity.

Now that the story about a student who duped tons of people around the world through lying on Wikipedia came out, I will have to make copies of this article at the beginning of each semester and hand it out to students.

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