[Wikimedia-l] More opportunities for you to access free research databases!

David Gerard dgerard at gmail.com
Sat Aug 11 23:20:40 UTC 2012

On 12 August 2012 00:07, Ocaasi Ocaasi <wikiocaasi at yahoo.com> wrote:

> This is not just a problem with paywalled sources, but *any* source which is not available free *and* online.  Not all of the sources that have been donated are solely pay-for-access; some of them, for example, you would just need a good university library reference section to access.  Yet I don't know if the same concerns would be raised about editors using library reference desks, any printed content for that matter.  Much print content is just as difficult for readers to verify, whether it is available somewhere in the brick-and-mortar world free, or not.

I think it's a net win for our mission because it gets a summary of
the knowledge itself into the encyclopedia.

I would consider it an extremely bad idea for print sources to be
deprecated. Wikipedia already has enough of a problem with history
having apparently started in 1995.

- d.

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