Do you use Wikipedia for your research Why and why not?

Answer Maybe for really weird sex stuff, newly-minted urban legends and the latest reality show results. But never for anything when a grade or a paycheck is riding on it. By the time you enter grad schoo... Read More »

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Why do you use Wikipedia for research papers?

You could use Wikipedia as a source to guide you to other references that could be used in a research paper, but it shouldn't be used on its own because the user-generated content may not be accurate.

Wikipedia in academic research?

Its only role is when studying popular misconceptions. Any information obtained from Wikipedia must be regarded as suspect and treated like a handkerchief coughed on by a leper. Looks harmless enou... Read More »

Can I Trust Wikipedia As a Research Source?

No. But the problem isn't "because anyone may write on it," but rather that no one is held accountable for what they write. After all, anyone may write on Yahoo Answers, but it is much more reliabl... Read More »

How reliable and accurate is Wikipedia for research?

Wikipedia is about as good a source of accurate information as Britannica, the venerable standard-bearer of facts about the world around us, according to a study published this week in the journal ... Read More »