Thank you to all Mr. Washington and Mr. Lincoln for my free day off today! It’s the first time in a long time where I get the pleasure of a day off for a federal holiday. Granted, I am traveling today, but I got to wake up without setting an alarm clock and that is a great day even with having to fly.
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?
I am proud to report that I do have reference books at home, even though they are no longer on my bookshelves. Rather, I passed on my dictionary, thesaurus, and German dictionaries to my son, figuring he needs them more than I do these days. It is fun to look through them though and see the words I highlighted many years ago when I was trying to learn the big words in my reading.
These days, since I am always online these days and typically only need information for something related to my interests online, I head right to the Internet whenever I have a question. Even at work, whenever someone has a question, our first inclination is to head to the Internet to look up the answer. My years as a grad student have taught me to shy away from Wikipedia, so typically, I will spend a little extra time looking for a more legit sites for said answers. There is just so much out there, that even with having to wade through not-so-legitimate sites, you are guaranteed to find very thorough and up-to-date answers to any possible question on the Internet. That’s why it is my go-to source when I have a question.
Am I alone in my love of the Internet for answering questions and obtaining information? Or are reference books becoming relatively obsolete?
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