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"Today alone, the Wikipedia article on Blue Moon [astronomical phenomenon] has been 
updated nearly a dozen times to reflect the new information." Bruce Fulton, MLS 

Mr. Fulton's blue moon example is very interesting, and shows that there are many 
positive things to be said about Wikipedia. To balance his example let's remember 
that a couple of months ago Wikipedia reported that Sinbad (a comedian in his early 
forties) had died from a heart attack. Like Twain, the report had been greatly 

This is the trade-off when you rely on the collective knowledge of the people. The 
vast majority of the time they will be correct, and even insightful,  but their 
track record is not going to be as good the experts who have been reviewed and 

Consequently, I think the best course of action is not to ban accessing it, but 
insist that students verify,verify, verify, and use those verification sources in 
their lists of work cited. 

Trisha Hartye, Librarian

J.S. Russell Middle School, Lawrenceville, VA




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