Who needs Wikipedia when you've got Britannica?
How many toes does an aardvark have? Is anti-matter for real, or is it just something science fiction writers made up? What is a quark? Which movie won the Academy Award in 1939? Who is the Nobel Peace Prize named after? What is concrete poetry? Where is Timbuktu? Who performed China's first space walk? What is an ungulate? How does a particle accelerator work? Where can I find a hellbender? How can I answer any of these questions without Wikipedia? The answer to that is easy. You can look up all of these topics in Britannica Online.
With Wikipedia going offline on January the 18th, it seems like the perfect time to remind library users that the Toronto Public Library offers access to high quality, authoritative reference works. If you have a computer at home, these resources are available 24 hours a day, with your library card. If not, you can come in to any Toronto Public Library branch to access these resources. In addition to Britannica Online, we have Access Science (The McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology), The Canadian Encyclopedia Online - Encyclopédie Canadienne, World Book Online, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History, and more. For a full list, click here.
I guarantee you will never read the phrase, "This article is just a stub" in any of these vetted resources.