Why Wikipedia is useless – and useful!

If you’re a student, you’ve probably heard a few (if not all) of your teachers say you are not allowed to use Wikipedia pages as references for your essays. There is a good reason for this – Wikipedia is written by “the general public”. You don’t have to be an expert to write an article for it, and have that article published. Consequently, although many, many articles in Wikipedia are well-researched and written by people who really do know what they’re talking about, a lot of others aren’t. … [Read more...]

What are your 3 favorite reference tools?

Many of us are used to going straight to the internet these days to find the answers we need. We might want to know the meaning of gazump, or how to spell manoeuvre (in Australia) or what rhymes with orange. Put your question into a search engine and you’ll get … thousands of answers, probably. Then you have to scroll down and try to decide which reference will give you the right answer. Dictionary.com might. The Webster-Merriam dictionary site might. But not for usage in Australia. I find my … [Read more...]