Through the process of finding the original source, he often discovers that the photographs are actually paintings, drawings or Photoshop mashups.
Librarian Jessamyn West explains about how @PicPedant’s work matters in her blog post “Why sourcing photos matters – how misattribution is amplified on the web.”
…as more and more people just presume the search engine and the “hive mind” approach to this sort of thing results in the correct answer, it’s good to have handy counterexamples to explain why we still need human eyeballs even as “everything” is on the web.
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Online journal Slate Magazine recently posted an article discussing these two top open forum “reference” sites. Yahoo!Answers is described as “every middle-school teacher’s worst nightmare on the Web” but still remains “the juggernaut in its field.” Why? How does Wikipedia stack up in comparison?
While the academic world continues the ongoing debate on whether Wikipedia is a reliable reference tool, the History Department at Middlebury College made a decision this past January to ban students from using Wikipedia as a citable source in their papers and exams.
As a librarian, I feel that Wikipedia is a great starting point tool to use for a research assignment or paper. Many Wikipedia articles provide good background information on a topic (especially useful if you are not familiar with a topic). For further reading on a topic, Wikipedia articles also provide links to other online sources and references to print sources.
I also think that Wikipedia is a great tool to use for critical thinking assignments. For example, students can research a particular topic by first going to Wikipedia then verify the facts and information found on Wikipedia by using at least several primary and secondary sources.
For further reading on the Wikipedia debate and how it is used in colleges and universities, take a look at: