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Re: How to cite information in Wikipedia? (for a High School study guide)

IF you cite a source like Wikipedia, cite verbatim, as a easily
recognizable quote.
E.g., from the Plateosaurus article:

Plateosaurus is "among the best known dinosaurs, with over 100
skeletons found, some of them nearly complete." (Wikipedia 2010).

In the reference list, give the URL and the exact access date.
This way, if you have to use wikipedia, at least it is explicitly
clear what the text you cited actually said at the time you read it.


On Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 11:18 PM, Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. <tholtz@umd.edu> wrote:
>> From: owner-VRTPALEO@usc.edu [mailto:owner-VRTPALEO@usc.edu]
>> On Behalf Of Julie Reizner
>> Sent: Thursday, July 29, 2010 5:04 PM
>> To: dinosaur@usc.edu; VRTPALEO@usc.edu
>> Subject: Re: How to cite information in Wikipedia? (for a
>> High School study guide)
>> As scientists, I hardly think we can cite the reason for not
>> trusting a source as "it changes too often."  I mean, that's
>> what the creationists say about US.
> But that is a different kind of change. I mean, one analysis might result in
> a new phylogenetic arrangement of taxa, but it doesn't actually go back to
> the old copies of the original journal article and replace the figure and
> content! But Wikipedia articles do just that: the actual content for exactly
> the same URL will change from day to day.
> Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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> Senior Lecturer, Vertebrate Paleontology
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