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ENGL 100 Fast Food Nation: Wikipedia!?!

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a GREAT alternative or supplement to Wikipedia! It's a collection of encyclopedias online.

 I love encyclopedias? Why? Because an encyclopedia gives me a starting point. It gives me the big picture.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

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Professor says no!

Why do you think professors usually tell students not to use Wikipedia?

Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education discusses the controversy over Wikipedia in academia.

Is Wikipedia a good site for college research?

   

Is Wikipedia a good source for college research?

What do you think? 

Don't confuse the diving board with the swimming pool! Wikipedia is often a good diving board, but it's good for getting you into the pool. It's not the pool. The pool includes: credible websites, books, articles, lectures by experts (sometimes on Youtube). 

 

Dave's Wiki paper on Everest

Wikipedia

My brilliant paper

Mount Everest – also called Sagarmāthā (Nepali: सगरमाथा), Chomolungma or Qomolangma (Tibetan: ཇོ་མོ་གླང་མ) or Zhumulangma (Chinese: 珠穆朗玛峰 Zhūmùlǎngmǎ Fēng) – is the highest mountain on Earth, and the highest point on the Earth's crust, as measured by the height above sea level of its summit, 8,848 metres (29,029 ft). The mountain, which is part of the Himalaya range in Asia, is located on the border between Sagarmatha Zone, Nepal, and Tibet, China.

In 1856, the Great Trigonometric Survey of India established the first published height of Everest, then known as Peak XV, at 29,002 ft (8,840 m). In 1865, Everest was given its official English name by the Royal Geographical Society upon recommendation of Andrew Waugh, the British Surveyor General of India at the time. Chomolungma had been in common use by Tibetans for centuries, but Waugh was unable to propose an established local name because Nepal and Tibet were closed to foreigners.

The highest mountain in the world attracts climbers of all levels, from well experienced mountaineers to novice climbers willing to pay substantial sums to professional mountain guides to complete a successful climb.

Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world, and it is also the highest point on the Earth, measuring 29,029 ft above sea level. The mountain is part of the Himalaya range in Asia, and it is located on the border between Nepal, and Tibet, China.

 

 

 

In 1856, the Indian organization known as the Great Trigonometric Survey created the first published height of Everest. At that time it was known as Peak XV, at 29,002 ft (8,840 m). In 1865, Everest was given its official English name by the Royal Geographical Society. This happened because Andrew Waugh, the British Surveyor General of India at the time, recommended it. Chomolungma had been in common use by Tibetans for centuries.

 

The highest mountain in the world is a magnet for climbers of all levels, from well seasoned mountaineers to beginner climbers willing to pay plenty of money to professional mountain guides to complete a successful ascent.

Wikiality

Comedian Stephen Colbert gives a humorous explanation of how Wikipedia works.  “Together we can create a reality we all agree on---the reality we just agreed on.”

Pro-Wikipedia

Scholars often take swipes at Wikipedia, claiming that it dumbs down education and encourages intellectual laziness. But in an article this week in Science Progress, a scholar at the University of Texas at Dallas argues that bans on Wikipedia are irresponsible.

How I use Wikipedia

  1. As a diving board!
  2. The swimming pool is full of information, but I need a diving board to jump in
  3. I build my background knowledge with Wikipedia
  4. I keep in mind that the information might not be authoritative
  5. I use the notes and references at the bottom to lead me to other information 
  6. I don't copy and paste and then change the words around. That's plagiarism.