This week's musing is:
Do you keep reference books on your shelves at home? What’s your first port of call when you need information – the internet or a book?
I do have some reference books on my shelves, but alas with the advent of the Internet, my reference shelf has dramatically dwindled and transformed itself into a little amount of physical books, and has greatly increased into tons of bookmarks from websites on the Internet. Gone are the days of huge, expensive, encyclopedias in my home, including the once treasured ones my family dutifully purchased from a local seller. Other reference books from cooking to gardening, and pet care to medical care, have all been donated and removed from my home, for two main reasons. One, it frees up quite a big space in the home, and second, the book becomes outdated almost as soon as it's printed, (ironically much like the computer) and more current information can be zapped into one's mind instantly via the Internet.
I would say that about 95% of the time I will use the Internet when I need to look up information on a specific subject. The remainder time I use my own reference book collection to find information would be when I don't necessarily trust the accuracy of the facts (or I have to pay to get the answers I need) I'm receiving on the Internet, and I trust one of my tried-and-true reference books instead.