Classic…Middlebury College’s history dept. is banning the use of Wikipedia as a source for papers. Not that noteworthy given the academic community’s general dislike for the resource. What I don’t understand is why the department banned it. So its not authorative — who cares. Part of the job of faculty is to teach students to:
- understand and do research
- discern primary and trusted sources
If wikipedia is such a problem in this department — obviously one of these two things haven’t been sufficiently taught — or — there are no consequences to ignoring 1 and 2.
Again, this falls under the category of things I hate seeing legislated. Students are at universities to learn — this is a good learning opportunity.
 Sandra Ordonez, a spokeswoman, said in an e-mail interview. “Wikipedia is the ideal place to start your research and get a global picture of a topic, however, it is not an authoritative source.”