Wikipedia, a do or don't

United States
July 16, 2009 8:36pm CST
Okay, so I use Wikipedia as a research tool because it went rather well with my ancient history text. Of course my text was my first resource, Wikipedia after and then I'd try and find a site that had other information for me to use in my studies. But, do you use wikipedia? do your teachers allow it, or do you do it anyway and hang whatever your teachers say?
6 responses
@julbau18 (273)
• Philippines
19 Jul 09
During my school days our teachers prefer us to use tools to help us on our studies. This is because they are some info that teachers don't mention on his/her lesson that is important in such area of studies. Tools like that are very effective on students. Hope to have more tools to use.
• Regina, Saskatchewan
17 Jul 09
LOL, I don't go to school anymore (I'm an old broad remember), but I do use wikki all the time. I do a lot of research online for the articles I write and wikki is my first source, because it has reliable info and great links!
• United States
17 Jul 09
Most teachers that I know of and had do not allow you to use Wikipedia as a source, simply because it can be edited by anyone (and thus, people can say that JFK wasn't actually shot, but he was abducted by aliens... yeah...). However, I do use it if I need to find information quickly, but it is usually good to double-check the information with either someone else who is knowledgeable about the topic or another source, such as a textbook or a trustworthy website. In short: It's good for personal use, but not so much professional/education use.
@abenitez (501)
• United States
17 Jul 09
I used to use wikipedia but I stopped when my teachers said that all the information can be edited and changed by anybody. None of my college professors allow us to use wikipedia as a source in any kind of paper. It is not a reliable source and some of the information that has been posted there has not been proven.
@korki4 (264)
• Philippines
17 Jul 09
some of my teahers dont allow it cuz wikipedia is a source of information that other people had put it on and some are not facts or proven to be right..
@clutterbug (1051)
• United States
17 Jul 09
Hey Swashy, I thought I had offended you in some way! Did you go on the space shuttle or something?? I can take a hint, lol. I stopped using Wikipedia as soon as I heard that it could be edited, so then I couldn't trust the sight anymore.