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I am alarmed and shocked that educators censor the Wikipedia. There is growing literature that indicates that the Wikipedia is a turn to resource for a large and growing number of college students at some point in most of their research projects. It is a tremendous resource for beginning ones understanding of a topic and its coverage of a wide range of topics is beyond very extensive. Control of the content in this encyclopedia is much stronger than in the days when one could find obituaries of living people. Indeed there is a significant collection of sources that point to errors and mistakes in the Britannica Encyclopedia. Certainly the Wikipedia is often cited as a source of information in publications and articles. "Wikipedia -- an online knowledge source used by most college students, according to a recent study -- defines the digital divide as "the gap between people with effective access to digital and information technology and those with very limited or no access at all." Digital Divide Changing but Not for Students Torn by It Released: 4/7/2010 10:00 PM EDT Source: University of Oregon <http://www.newswise.com/articles/digital-divide-changing-but-not-for-students-torn-by-it> A shorter URL for the above link: <http://tinyurl.com/yek6zl7> The Wikipedia is certainly more searched in Google than the Britannica as a search term in any language or country. <http://www.google.com/trends?q=wikipedia%2Cbritannica> The Chronicle of Higher Education's Wired Campus cites the heavy use of Wikipedia by college students. March 16, 2010, 12:25 PM ET Students Use Wikipedia Early and Often By Mary Helen Miller The Chronicle of Higher Education Wired Campus <http://chronicle.com/blogPost/Students-Use-Wikipedia-Early/21850/> "More than half of college students frequently or always consult Wikipedia for course-related research, according to a report published in First Monday, an online, peer-reviewed journal. Only 22 percent of respondents to the survey said they rarely or never use Wikipedia. The study is based on responses from 2,318 students and qualitative data from 86 who participated in focus groups. The most common reason that students reported using Wikipedia was to obtain background information or a summary about a topic and to get started with research." It is the lead encylopedia in a Net-Gold post that cites general and subject specific encyclopedias that was posted several years ago. (Top Link in this Group) General Internet and Print Resources: Encyclopedias REFERENCE: ENCYCLOPEDIAS : REFERENCE: ENCYCLOPEDIAS: SUBJECT: Selected general encyclopedias available on the internet and and selected online subject specific encyclopedias as well as selected subject and topic specific encyclopedia publications available in print. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Net-Gold/message/19754 also http://tinyurl.com/6jngry also http://tinyurl.com/5dkohd also <http://www.google.com/search?q=%22net-gold%22+and+ %22temple.edu%22+and+(encyclopedia+OR+encyclopedias%22) &hl=en&filter=0> A shorter URL for the above link: <http://tinyurl.com/ycan3zk> Source of these Links: Russell Conwell Educational Services Center Learning Research and Study Resources Links to General Internet Resource Guides <http://guides.temple.edu/aecontent.php?pid=22756> Indeed the Wikipedia is heavily discussed, cited and mentioned in academic, scholarly and research articles as well as in many books. Articles <http://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl= en&q=wikipedia&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=ws> A shorter URL for the above link: <http://tinyurl.com/y9ysyql> Books <http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&q= wikipedia&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=sp> A shorter URL for the above link: <http://tinyurl.com/ye2fg7x> The Wikipedia has been an extensive source of information for journalists as well as a topic of discussion itself in news stories. In the present month: <http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=wikipedia&um= 1&ie=UTF-8&tbo=u&tbs=nws:1&sa=N&tab=pn> A shorter URL for the above link: <http://tinyurl.com/ybvjgkl> as well as over time: Results 1 - 10 of about 170,000 for wikipedia <http://news.google.com/archivesearch?pz= 1&um=1&cf=all&ned=us&hl=en&q=wikipedia&cf=all> A shorter URL for the above link: <http://tinyurl.com/ybmbvzp> Hardly an hour goes by without its name coming up in the media: <http://www.google.com/search?q=wikipedia&hl=en&tbo=s&tbs= nws:1,qdr:h&ei=1vu-S-jTGsaAlAfNoOz2Bg&sa=X&oi=tool&resnum= 3&ct=tlink&ved=0CCAQpwU> A shorter URL for the above link: <http://tinyurl.com/yandega> Use of as a resource and coverage of the Wikipedia has also been extensive on Net-Gold: <http://www.google.com/search?q=%22net-gold%22+ and+%22temple.edu%22+and+wikipedia&hl=en&filter=0> A shorter URL for the above link: <http://tinyurl.com/ycn2rd9> Censorship of the Wikipedia in some middle schools and high schools is not necessarily an indicator that high quality sources for research, bibliographic databases, are part of what teachers in many of these schools are training their students to use for quality research results. My own experience with entering undergraduate students is that they have never heard of the existence of databases despite the fact that these tools are provided by many if not most state governments through public libraries and, for those schools that sign up, K-12 libraries. Here is the link for such content at the New York Public Library: <http://www.nypl.org/collections/articles-databases> Here is a sample of the resources provided from the beginning of the letter A in the New York Public Library's listing of these resources: A2A - Access to Archives Contains catalogues describing archives held throughout England and dating from the 900s to the present day. Accessible only at select Library locations ABES: Annotated Bibliography of English Studies Covers secondary literature in English Studies in four main subject areas: Language and Linguistics, Cultural Studies, Literary Studies, and Film Studies. Accessible outside the Library with your NYPL card Academic Search Premier multi-disciplinary database of more than 4,600 magazines and journals, including full text for nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. In addition to the full-text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for 8,470 journals. Accessible only at select Library locations AccessUN Index, articles and full-text database of United Nations documents covering 1998-present. Accessible only at select Library locations ACLS Humanities E-Book Project Provides online access to a fully searchable collection of high-quality books in the Humanities, recommended and reviewed by scholars. Free Web resource - available anywhere AcqWeb's Directory of Publishers and Vendors Provides links to websites of publishers throughout the world, searchable by alphabetical, geographical, and topical lists. Accessible only at select Library locations Advertising Red Books Online This directory includes information necessary for advertising research on agencies and advertisers. Accessible outside the Library with your NYPL card African American Experience Full-text digital resource exploring the history and culture of African Americans, as well as the greater Black Diaspora. Accessible only at select Library locations African American Newspapers: The 19th Century Searchable full-text of the major African-American newspapers published in the United States during the 19th century. Accessible outside the Library with your NYPL card African-American History Online Covering more than 500 years of African-American history, features biographies, primary sources, images, timelines, and maps and charts. Accessible only at select Library locations African-American Poetry African-American Poetry contains nearly 3,000 poems by African-American poets of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Free Web resource - available anywhere Agricola AGRICOLA (AGRICultural OnLine Access) is a bibliographic database of citations to the agricultural literature created by the National Agricultural Library and its cooperators. <snip> Here are links to more information regarding databases. DATABASE OR DATABASES http://tinyurl.com/mx7p97 DATABASE SEARCHING http://tinyurl.com/m8chay DATABASE SEARCHING TECHNIQUES http://tinyurl.com/llvhyb DATABASE SECURITY http://tinyurl.com/lmwndn DATABASE THESAURUSES http://tinyurl.com/m95gsm DATABASE TRAINING http://tinyurl.com/nq8lxo DATABASES FULLTEXT http://tinyurl.com/lm4pux Unfortunately, many freshman entering college have also not heard of specialized search tools available to all free on the web from Google and other sources such as Google Scholar, Google Books, Google Government, Google News Archive, SCIRUS and Pogofrog to name some of these critically important resources. Hence censorship in some K-12 communities of the Wikipedia may be compounded in the propagation of information illiteracy amongst America's adolescents by the failure to teach quality alternative research tools that our tax dollars are paying for via community public access in our public libraries, an access that library administrations are most willing to fight for. UNITED STATES: STATES: NEW JERSEY : LIBRARIES: Libraries Across New Jersey Expected to Slash Services Due to State Aid Cuts <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Net-Gold/message/32409> UNITED STATES: STATES: NEW JERSEY : LIBRARIES: PUBLIC LIBRARIES : GOVERNMENT: BUDGETS AND BUDGETING: Your Library is Under Attack <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Net-Gold/message/32414> Here are some links to sources discussing or using internet search tools: INTERNET RESEARCH http://tinyurl.com/n8mokd INTERNET SEARCH http://tinyurl.com/lbacf9 INTERNET SEARCH COUNTRY SPECIFIC TOOLS http://tinyurl.com/mhjj8p INTERNET SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION (SEO) http://tinyurl.com/lfktts INTERNET SEARCH GUIDES http://tinyurl.com/mh4pax INTERNET SEARCH LANGUAGE SPECIFIC TOOLS http://tinyurl.com/lktkyj INTERNET SEARCH MEDIA SPECIFIC TOOLS AND RESOURCES http://tinyurl.com/njqfed INTERNET SEARCH SUBJECT SPECIFIC TOOLS http://tinyurl.com/l6rj23 INTERNET SEARCH TECHNOLOGY http://tinyurl.com/mn62pw INTERNET SEARCH TOOLS http://tinyurl.com/melawb Indeed the preoccupation in K-12 since the advent of No Child Left Behind of teaching to the test and the failure in at least a substantial number of K-12 schools to teach research schools could be a major cause of student failure and dropouts at the college level. NCLB content on Net-Gold <http://www.google.com/search?q=%22net-gold%22+and+%22temple.edu% 22+and+(nclb+OR+%22no+child+left+behind%22)&hl=en&filter=0> A shorter URL for the above link: <http://tinyurl.com/yck59kk> Sincerely, David Dillard Temple University (215) 204 - 4584 email@example.com <http://daviddillard.businesscard2.com> Net-Gold <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/net-gold> Index: <http://tinyurl.com/myxb4w> <http://listserv.temple.edu/archives/net-gold.html> <http://groups.google.com/group/net-gold?hl=en> General Internet & Print Resources <http://guides.temple.edu/general-internet> COUNTRIES <http://guides.temple.edu/general-country-info> EMPLOYMENT <http://guides.temple.edu/EMPLOYMENT> DISABILITIES http://guides.temple.edu/DISABILITIES ---------------------------- > From: Larry Phillips <firstname.lastname@example.org> >> From: Larry Sanger <email@example.com> >> Thanks, Art. I admire and appreciate a person who admits he's wrong. Of >> course you're right that Wikipedia should be flagged as having sexual >> images, because it has big steaming piles of them. > I searched Wikipedia for "sex positions", "nudity", "pedophilia", "sexual > intercourse" and didn't find anything that would be considered porn in > this day and age. There were images that while instructional wouldn't be > recommended for use in public schools. More because of society's desire > that students learn by doing instead of direct instruction. I would > strongly suggest that followers of this debate actually look at the > content that is being portrayed as pornographic or objectionable (there > were no images on the pedophilia page and it was the most complete and > balanced article available for free on the web) before describing > Wikipedia as a purveyor of porn. > However, the point missed here is that to find any sexually explicit > images (line drawings or other) you have to search for them. While > students accidentally coming across nude images is forgiven, searching for > them isn't. Students know what is appropriate/allowed and what to do when > they encounter inappropriate images (inappropriate for school). This is > classroom management and has little to do with what is potentially > available on a site. If educators are concerned about what is available in > Wikipedia, perhaps they should look at the hard copy encyclopedias and > dictionaries in their libraries (check the published date while you're at > it). --- Edtech Archives, posting guidelines and other information are at: http://www.h-net.msu.edu/~edweb Please include your name, email address, and school or professional affiliation in each posting. To unsubscribe send the following command to: LISTSERV@H-NET.MSU.EDU SIGNOFF EDTECH