Would Wikipedia be considered a good source for an essay?

Answer Absolutely not! Wikipedia is useful for personal knowledge, but never a reliable source for an essay.However, it is a great place to get a good overview of your subject and find initial sources. As... Read More »

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Why is wikipedia not considered a valid source?

Wikipedia does not have professional editorial oversight. When we ask if a scientific journal or newspaper is a valid source, we ask how stringent are its guidelines for what is published. Qualit... Read More »

Why is wikipedia so successful if it is not considered a reliable source?

How do casinos get repeat customers even though you almost always lose all your money? Because they're addictive.Wikipedia is addictive, too. It is designed to be addictive. Whether you only go to ... Read More »

Should Wikipedia be considered a reliable source?

Very reliable for every day reference.However, it is not currently acceptable to cite wikipedia in formal research, papers, etc..

Is considered a reliable source at Wikipedia?

For most purposes, yes. Always be careful with opinion pieces though