Wikipedia is it reliable?

South Africa
May 1, 2009 5:41am CST
Hi i was just going through a few things on wikipedia and noticed that alot of it actually either doesnt have any proof or do not all go to the topic that is being advertised. So i was wondering that because it is basically run by the public can it be fully trusted?
5 responses
@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
1 May 09
Given the huge subject matter dealt with by Wikipedia, and also the number of contributors, there are bound to be mistakes. However, generally it is most reliable. My advice would be to use Wikipedia as a part of your research, not the basis of it, especially if you are writing academically and grades may depend on your research. I am always more inclined to trust information where sources or other links are provided. At least then you know that the contributor has done his or her homework. Use Wikipedia, but don't treat it as gospel.
• South Africa
1 May 09
thanks you and Ill take your advice with not treating it as a gospel.
@bumba1988 (1222)
• India
1 May 09
Hi careliscool,actually in wikipedia whatever information is given those are written by the site members.Those information may be correct and that has the higher probability but sometimes it may be wrong as well.It is not desirable as all those are properly checked by the site administrators.
• South Africa
1 May 09
I know that it is not deliberate but there are so many articles on wikipedia that there is no way that the admins can keep up and check all of the information. Also if there is inacurate info how can i report it to them?
• United States
13 May 09
Though the article itself may not be correct all the time, more often then not there will be a list of related sites at the bottom of the article. These are normally links to more trusted sources. So while Wikipedia itself is not always a good source, it is a great place to start some basic research.
• India
4 May 09
You know Some Articles of lower importance have a margin of error in them. but not all! its according to me 95% trustable!
@egdcltd (7096)
1 May 09
Its' reliability varies. You are always recommended to verify information from other sources too, especially if you are using it for educational purposes.