Why do people use "Wikipedia" as a reference source?

Answer Some of you miss the point. An encyclopedia is SUPPOSED to be a source of FACT not opinion. It is NOT an encyclopedia!

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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 »

How can people use wikipedia as a source?

They imagine it actually has correct info. They don't bother to check a primary source and just use it as a cheap shortcut to avoid having to think about answers.If I see someone quoting big chunks... Read More »

Why do people use wikipedia as a refernce source... ?

to put something on wikipedia, you must be a member and it has limited vetting and abuse report (like yahoo)academically it is frowned upon if cited as been unreliable evidence.the benefit are tha... Read More »