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Sunday, August 29, 2004
Authoritative Sources
Wikipedia -- can open source be a good source?. Over on Web4Lib, there's been a bit of discussion based on this article, in which a school librarian says that Wikipedia, a popular online encyclopedia built by a community of web users, is not an authoritative source and is therefore untrustworthy.

Some of the questions raised on Web4Lib were: who makes the determination that a source is authoritative? How do they reach that conclusion? Can a community-built encyclopedia be equated with the latest World Book? Wikipedia is immensely popular at the community college where I work and students use it all the time. Do other librarians use/recommend/hate/revile this resource? []
This is an interesting post because of the discussion. I agreed with the school librarian in the article until I read some of the comments to the LISNews post. I guess we need to carefully rethink our concept of authority.
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