how much do you think wikipedia has reduced the use of real books to find info?

Philippines
October 14, 2010 11:43am CST
how much do you think wikipedia has reduced the use of real books? i personally use it 99.9% percent of times when trying to find info. do you use it? how much do u use it? what do you use it for? do you prefer it over books? post your opinions =) greatly appreciated =)
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• United States
14 Oct 10
Just wikipedia? Not much really. It's not a real reliable source. The internet overall I think has had a remarkable impact on the use of books to find information. I mean when's the last time you talked to an encyclopedia salesman? Never? That's right, because all that information is online now!
• Philippines
14 Oct 10
true. true. never talked to an encyclopedia salesman ever! haha.. the internet really does have almost everything.
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• United States
14 Oct 10
WEll, "almost" everything is right! lol!
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• United States
14 Oct 10
I still use real books more often than wikipedia. I think the internet is a fickle and crazy thing, and shouldn't be relied upon for knowledge. I once did a group research project for school where we all had to write a chapter of a "book" about a certain subject. I went down to the library and found myself a book on the subject and then I wrote my paper, easy breezy. Everyone else in my group was trying to use the internet, and they couldn't find ANYTHING relevant to our subject that they could use. Yet here in the book that I got from the library, everything they needed to know! The internet really isn't as reliable as we think it is.
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• Philippines
14 Oct 10
thanks for your opinion. there are libraries though that dont have as much books or dont have the books that have your info, it depends on the library also i think. i find it easier to get info on the net though rather than the books, searching the index/glossary,then finding the page, etc, i find it all too tiring, i find searching and using ctrl+f to be very useful. =). dont get me wrong though, i know books are VERY reliable, the searching and all just tires me. im a lazy guy! =P again. thanks for your feedback friend =)
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• United States
14 Oct 10
That's another problem with the internet. It's made us lazy.
@Catana (736)
• United States
14 Oct 10
I use Wikipedia a lot, and very often, it gives me all the information I need. I don't see that's any different than looking up a subject in an encyclopedia. If I need more information, the internet is a good source most of the time because there are sites where experts in various subjects have their writing. But if I want to go deeply into a subject, I will get one or two books. Wikipedia has probably reduced the use of books for people who are doing research for a school paper, or who just want to know a little bit about a subject, but books will probably always be where you'll find the best and most complete information on many subjects.
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• Philippines
14 Oct 10
thanks for your feedback.. many people say books really are the most reliable source, but for me im more of an search-for-info-in-the-net kinda guy =)
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@vijay12 (1643)
• India
14 Oct 10
You are right.It is simply an ocean of a database.I too use it.And quite often,as it is no 1 in search results,most often.Generally for getting info. But there is one drawback.The articles on political leaders is biased and a bad person is often,depicted as a hero with all the good qualities,whereas this person turns out to be a villain of the worst kind. I have read in this site. about one such "leader".
• Philippines
14 Oct 10
thanks for your opinion bro. i do agree, that political stuff in the internet are usually biased but not always negative. though it is a negative that some people tell people that a particular politician is good even though he/she aint.