paperless – 2

What’s a writer to do?
I recently heard a professor tell a classroom full of students that nothing can replace excellent reference books and not to rely on the internet. Do you believe this to be true? I do have an appreciation for bound printed work but there must be a good online dictionary and thesaurus? To support my efforts to not bring paper into the house, let me know if you have found any digital compendiums you consider worthy.

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3 thoughts on “paperless – 2

  1. Hey Joanne,

    Wikipedia isn’t considered a valid source because it’s openly edited by “the masses” but I’ve found it to be incredibly valuable. I have downsized my entire book collection down to nothing. I now use the library and the internet exclusively. Sometimes I do yearn for an old reference source I had in my personal library, but the freedom of not being weighed down is worth it to me. 😉

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    • Hi Tanja!
      I had many fat resource books – some newer and glossy, others old and dusty. A thorough but messy looking collection! They went to friends and the library and I admit to breathing easier – not being weighted down as you say! But also like you, I do admire the hard bound matching set of language dictionaries with smooth slim pages I see in people’s home libraries! Something still comforting about them. (and what is that emotional connection! haha!)
      As for reliable digital sources, I just cross check multiple pages to come up with a common explanation. Interesting, even though I’m being thorough, I don’t often come across completely off track answers. Do you? As for Wiki, the more “clean up” notices I see on a particular page, then the more likely I will look for other citations.
      Jo

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