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  •  The chemistry (6+ / 0-)

    pages in Wikipedia are very reliable.  There is a set format and a team of chemists who keep track of changes and additions.  The taxonomy pages are usually good but not as complete.  Also, the taxonomy is always changing and the lumpers and splitters are still going to be fighting.

    •  I edited (4+ / 0-)

      the Wiki page on India ink when I was in college and working in the micro lab.  I added the reference to the ink being used to stain a slide.  It has been edited several times but my general wording is still being used.

    •  I was about to mame the same comment (4+ / 0-)

      Chemistry (especially bio and organic generally) is excellent, I cannot speak for inorganic but see no reason for the case to be any different.

      Current controversial subjects are best ignored but general knowledge type stuff, e.g. history, geography, belief systems etc. it is generally good and gets a bad rap from some (who tend to overgeneralize) that is not deserved.

      Saying that I would always try to find a second, non connected confirming source but I'd tend to do that anyway.

      Wikipedia is an excellent jumping off point for most topics.

    •  Exactly my point. (2+ / 0-)
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      In the chemistry pages you have that reliable technical content (to clarify, I used "technical" in a general sense there, not just as pertains to technology) and professionals that give their time to maintain the quality of the information. Most of chemistry is (I would imagine as a non-scientist) fairly non-controversial and good "settled science" as the saying goes. Taxonomy, on the other hand, while I don't doubt the equally professional quality of the work or contributors, might be more problematic for my students because it does have disputes they aren't familiar with.

      Conservito delenda est pro is deleo orbis terrarum!

      by Stwriley on Sun Aug 22, 2010 at 10:57:55 AM PDT

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