Is Wikipedia an Accepted Research Source?

Answer What your prof/teacher/etc will say: Hell no. There is no accountability, and many articles are poorly (if at all) cited. Not to mention the many documented cases of outright disinformation. It is ... Read More »

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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 »

Is using wikipedia for a source valid on a college research assignment?

No, it's not valid, and some professors are deducting full grades for the mere mention of it or even banning it outright. On a college admissions tour for my nephew, one of the professors told me h... Read More »

Why isn't Wikipedia a not considered a credible reference source in college research?

Because Wikipedia is a tertiary level source - that is its articles are summaries of what has been published elsewhere. These secondary sources are listed at the bottom of the article page in the r... Read More »

Wikipedia is a great learning tool, but it is not a credible reference source to use for college research?

I agree that is a good starting point for college research and agree that the sources cited within the Wikipedia articles should be considered on a case-by-case base as credible references.I agree ... Read More »