Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about a reference material.
Do you keep reference books on your shelves at home? What’s your first port of call when you need information – the internet or a book?
It is sad to say that I don’t have any reference books other than a spare dictionary and thesaurus. I recently threw out all of my encyclopedias that still listed the Soviet Union as current and I really do not see the reason to buy another set when everything is online. Wow! I really never thought I would say that.
I depend, largely, on the reference sources I can access with my New York Public Library card on the nypl.org website. It pretty much covers all of my reference needs and, if by some chance, the online reference sources on the site don’t have my answer, I can always do a live chat with a librarian or go to the library myself. I do live down the street from one although I rarely visit. I never use wikipedia for anything other than the most insignificant of information. I just don’t trust it for anything important.