When I’ve recommended that students use Wikipedia as a resource, I’ve always told them that they can’t trust what they’re reading 100% and that they should always verify their facts with a second source. But do people do the same with the Encyclopedia Britannica?
In case you didn’t see it, The Journal Nature compared 42 entries in Wikipedia to the same 42 entries in Britannica and found the each had four major mistakes, and that on average Britannica had three minor errors in each entry compared to four in Wikipedia.
So can someone explain to me what’s different? Believe me, I’m not saying that the Wikipedia is the greatest resource in the world, but I do believe that students need to apply the same critical thinking skills to print resources that they do to online resources.