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Danger! Warning! Do not attempt this at SAIS Library...
Wikipedia Vs. Britannica!
When many people hear the phrase "Encyclopaedia Britannica"
) they think "old school encyclopedia."
Not so fast, smart folks! A recent issue of Library Journal
reported this piece of trivia
Encyclopaedia Britannica Online blew away Wikipedia in this week's reference question: find material on Restoration plays. A search in Britannica found 165 results, including a section on Restoration theater within a 93-page scholarly article citing important theater companies of the period as well as playwrights and theaters. A search in Wikipedia found "no page with that title," but offered 19,853 other results, the first of which was a "stub" of 100 percent relevance, for the play Restoration Comedy by Amy Freed.
While SAIS Librarians are open to the use of Wikipedia, we have a simple overriding caution: It is always best to verify any information you find there with an accepted, authoritative source
being a good example.
I tried the reference test with the econ term "laissez-faire"
and got one main article in EB
with at least 10 other articles
where the topic is dicussed. The Wikipedia has a large entry on laissez-faire
with a lot of interesting links and a neutrality flag
that leads you to a lengthy debate about the merits of the Wiki entry
. Read a few of the comments to know that nothing is as straightforward as it seems. Some might also debate aspects of the EB entry if they could.
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