Profs expect students to march into the library and acquaint themselves with the subjectâ€™s/disciplineâ€™s fiefdom. If not, then the student is lazy and lacks the necessary drive or will. The Natives donâ€™t expect to have to navigate fiefdoms. For them, at least thus far, knowledge and data have been without borders. It does not occur to them that there would be a specific database for articles about Colonial literature that is not accessible through a quick key-word search from their dorm.
It can be useful though. If we start talking to our students right away about the relative value of websites.
Of course, I don’t hate Wikipedia. (Unlike most faculty.) I’ve seen it do some good things.