November 26, 2015

Audio: Vermont Public Radio Program Focuses on “Wikipedia and Academia”

From Today’s Vermont Edition Program:

Students have often been admonished for citing Wikipedia, the online crowd-sourced encyclopedia, in their term papers. But these days, some college professors are actually publishing their own data and research directly to Wikipedia. Others are using Wikipedia in their classrooms.

We’ll explore how our perceptions and use of Wikipedia are changing with John Burke, professor of microbiology and molecular genetics at the University of Vermont, and Alison Byerly, professor of English literature at Middlebury College.

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Related Resources

This infoDOCKET Post from Yesterday Might Be of Interest:  U. of Kansas: “Students Are Urged to Stay Away from Wikipedia and Google for Research”

Also, this Op/Ed by a University of Maryland Student: “Wikipedia with a pulse” (via The Diamondback, UMD Student Newspaper)

Most teachers refuse to allow Wikipedia as a primary source. While I support the online encyclopedia as a great place to find relevant sources, it is by no means a standalone research tool. It was edited by countless people we’ll never see and, despite fact checkers, has countless minor errors.

Gary Price About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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