Are Reference Books Today’s Dinosaurs?

Ted Landphair
The writers and editors at the Voice of America haven’t touched the books in their reference collection in months or years.

It’s not because we have grown lazy, or because their contents are any less valuable. As you might guess, it’s because their information is available in a flash in hundreds or even thousands of places online. If you want to find out about honeycombs, for instance, you’re not limited to a trusty encyclopedia article, written perhaps 15 years ago. On the Worldwide Web, you can electronically access as much about honeycombs as you feel like reading.