Previously, we learned about reference resources. Wikipedia is also a reference resource, and is one of the most popular websites on the internet. However, most college instructors do not allow students to use Wikipedia as a reference resource in research projects.

Search for an article in  on a topic that you already know something about. First, read the article and examine the information you find there. Next, explore the following questions:

  • How accurate is the Wikipedia page?
  • What is the authority of the source material? How can you tell?
  • Do you have to be an expert to contribute to Wikipedia?
  • If you cannot use Wikipedia as a reference resource, how might it still be useful for college level research?
  • How is this the same or different from how you might use other reference resources?
  • Why do you think that instructors generally do not accept Wikipedia as a reference resource?

Include the name of the article and a link to the article. You do not need to cite the article for the purposes of this discussion, but you do need to use quotation marks if you use a direct quote to demonstrate a point.

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