Their current role: Print encyclopedias continue to be readily available at libraries for research projects, but students are rarely turning to them. Dictionaries are still around, but spell checks and online dictionaries have made them more irrelevant.
What they are using instead: Research is being done online, where information can be found on media, government and history websites. There are restrictions, of course. Gerstell students are advised to stay away from Wikipedia, an online information resource where any user can add information to pages for just about every topic imaginable.