Project Athinai:General disclaimer
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Project Athinai published by Kronoskaf is an online open-content collaborative knowledge base, that is, a voluntary association of individuals and groups who are developing a common resource of human knowledge. The structure of the project allows any registered user with an Internet connection and World Wide Web browser to alter its content. Please be advised that nothing found here has necessarily been reviewed by professionals with the expertise required to provide you with complete, accurate or reliable information.
That is not to say that you will not find valuable and accurate information in Project Athinai; much of the time you will. However, 'Kronoskaf cannot guarantee the validity of the information found here. The content of any given article may recently have been changed, vandalized or altered by someone whose opinion does not correspond with the state of knowledge in the relevant fields.
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Project Athinai is sometimes used by people in the academic community, from first-year students to professors, as the easiest source of information about Athens in 421 BC. However, citation of Project Athinai in research papers might sometimes result in poor grade.
This can be avoided by following two simple rules:
- Do your research assignment properly. Remember that any knowledge base on a specific subject is a starting point for research, not an ending point.
- A knowledge base on a given subject is great for getting a general understanding this subject before diving into it. But then you do have to dive into your subject, using books and articles and other appropriate sources. What you find in your other sources will be more detailed, more precise, and more carefully reasoned than the summary you found in a knowledge base. The sources you cite in your paper will be the more detailed sources you have used. All you need to do with Project Athinai, then, is thank it in your heart.
- A knowledge base on a given subject is great for checking little details. Little details may be:
- General knowledge that you have forgotten, like the Athenian leader who launched the lar ge public construction program that gave us the Akropolis. In that case, you should recognize the information once you find it, and know it's right. Citation is not needed for things that are general knowledge.
- A somewhat obscure point, like the names of the various precincts on the Akropolis. If this matters for your assignment, you should verify the information using a tried and tested source.
- A very obscure point, such as the size of the columns of the Temple of Athena Nike. This may be almost impossible to find anywhere other than in Project Athinai, unless you are prepared to spend an hour in the library, which you probably don't want to. In this case, you may be forced to rely on--and to cite--Project Athinai. Good luck: you're probably safe.
- Use your judgment. Remember that all sources have to be evaluated.
- If your professor has assigned you an article or a chapter, that means your professor thinks it is basically OK. Do you trust your professor? That's usually enough.
- If a book is in your university library or published by a reputable university press, or if an article is in a standard academic journal, that means that several professors at some point thought it was basically OK. But time may have passed, and the book or article may now be out of date.
- If your source is a website, it may be great or it may be awful.
- A Project Athinai article may be as good as (or better than!) an article assigned you by your professor, or it may contain inaccurate information and eccentric judgments. It is unlikely to be as bad as the worst sort of website. You have to judge.
Thank you for taking the time to read this page, and please enjoy your use of Project Athinai.
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