[HNW] class on researching mistakes
Christina L Biles
bilescl at okstate.edu
Fri Apr 25 07:20:27 PDT 2003
If Arnold contradicts Linthicum, is Arnold
>>In historical textiles, I actually don't think this is a bad starting
[stuff I agree with snipped]
>>I'd say Arnold _is_ better than Linthicum overall, at least where
they are both discussing the same subject
I wasn't being clear. My point was the blind assumption that the newer
source is _always_ correct. I agree that Arnold is probably correct in a
one to one comparison of subject between Arnold and Linthicum, and almost
always correct in a comparison with Norris, but Arnold is not infallible.
If two authors disagree, it is the researcher's responsibility to evaluate
the evidence, not to blithely assume that one is correct.
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