Homework Doesn’t Have To Suck: Breaking Up With Wikipedia…4

Well, we explained why you can do so much better than Wikipedia. We encouraged you to dive into a rebound relationship. And we introduced you to a whole party full of eligible alternatives for your research assignment. And yet, as we suspected all along, you just don’t know how to quit Wikipedia.

You: “But Wikipedia is so easy to get to! And it has articles on way more things than those online encyclopedias you tried to fix me up with.”

Us: [long-suffering sigh] “True. But just because it has an article on something doesn’t mean you can trust what it says.”

You: “I know, I know. But it’s not like we’re getting engaged or anything. Wikipedia and I are just going to hook up now and then.”

Us: “As long as you know what you’re getting yourself into. Watch out for those warning signs…”

You: “I will totally do that.”

Us: “And keep in mind what Wikipedia is and is not.”

You: “I promise…Wikipedia really is trying to improve, you know. That should count for something.”

Us: “Just don’t come crying to us when your teacher says you can’t use that Wikipedia article as a source. Because then we’ll have to say…”

You: [barely restraining eyes from rolling] “’I told you so.’”

Us: “Actually, we take that back. Do come crying to us. Because we’ll always be here for you when you need a shoulder to cry on. And a better source for your assignment. No judgment, we promise…”

We mean it: No judgment. Just Ask a Librarian.

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