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Remember what it was like to put together a school report with only the encyclopedia volumes you could find on the shelves as resources? Right. Wikipedia, now a mature eighteen years old, has changed the landscape of research. But since its inception, there has been anxiety about the reliability of its citations. Wikipedia is currently running a campaign to encourage each librarian on Earth (they’ve always been ambitious) to add one citation each. You can even use JSTOR to add a source. Still, what are we to make of a user-edited source in a post-truth world?

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Journal of Educational Technology & Society, Vol. 13, No. 2 (April 2010), pp. 128-140
International Forum of Educational Technology & Society
Reference & User Services Quarterly, Vol. 53, No. 2 (Winter 2013), pp. 155-163
American Library Association
The English Journal, Vol. 98, No. 3 (Jan., 2009), pp. 91-97
National Council of Teachers of English
ETC: A Review of General Semantics, Vol. 64, No. 2 (April 2007), pp. 147-150
Institute of General Semantics