Do you think wikipedia.com can be trusted?

Cambodia
November 17, 2009 9:53pm CST
When ever I need information to help me in my assignment, I start googling it and the result is on Wikipedia.com. Most of the information I need is available on Wikipedia. But after I join Academic Writing Class in my university, I found that Wikipedia is not reliable in Academic study because it's not the source which was written by the expert and most of the contents on Wikipedia is editable by the users. It means that you and I are also be able to edit it if we want. So do you think the information on Wikipedia can be trusted?
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• India
18 Nov 09
Yes it can be.. You get most of the results there which is apt.. but it can just be used for reference only and not for academic side.. you can learn things that is all.. but to get the best results better go in for more sites.. according to me the best reliable sourses ar books.. Better we can go to library and improve our knowledge
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• Cambodia
18 Nov 09
Yes, we can go to library but we cannot find the source we want easily. We have to spend a lot of time.
• India
18 Nov 09
ofcourse, but the time we are spending in a good library is never a waste as we learn new things each time when we are searching.
@diamania (7037)
• Netherlands
18 Nov 09
Yeah they can be trusted. In every article there are mistakes that's a fact but mostly you'll use multiple sources anyway. So if two sources contradict you can always resort to a third one. People who edit wikipedia are mostly nerds, at least that's what I found out when I made a little mistake and got banned immediately.
• Cambodia
19 Nov 09
Oh! Thanks for your comment.
@mains50 (299)
• Canada
18 Nov 09
it can be trusted, teachers do not understand the fact the in order to change something in Wikipedia you have to submit it and it gets checked by the experts. Try it yourself go change something in wikipedia and it will send the change request to wikipedia.
• Cambodia
19 Nov 09
Really? Is it true? Oh! If it's true then I will tell something to my lecturer.
• Australia
22 Apr 10
I would never use Wikipedia as a guide/source for academic writing. In fact, the university in which I'm currently enrolled actually goes so far as to discourage its students from passing the website's content off as true and trusted material. And I can't say that I disagree. Wikipedia has been known to suffer at the hands of erroneously-informed informants who have nothing to add but pure drivel; and while I'm sure that much of the information is relevant and reliable, tertiary-level research should involve a great deal more than the paraphrasing of a Wikipedia entry, anyway.
• United States
7 Dec 09
As with all information obtained from the internet, take it with a grain of salt. I've found Wikipedia invaluable as a source of information. I applaud their effort to keep information up to date and editing accurate, but I would say it's not 100% trustworthy. It's a good start to learning about a topic, but from there, other sources should be used for complete accuracy. What I enjoy most about Wikipedia is the wealth of information on any topic you can think of.
• United States
26 Nov 09
For the most part I trust it. If I see a footnote at the bottom of the page I tend to trust the information more than if there is nothing and you keep seeing the "citation needed" words within the article. Some things are completely in accurate though. For example, I am a independent fundamental baptist and the info about us on wikipedia is inaccurate. I am going to try to change it when I get time. Sincerely in Christ, Leesa C. Eph.2:8,9
• China
23 Nov 09
In my opinion, it's determined by your purpose to use the wikipedia. I think it's not good to refer wikipedia when you're writing paper or something else like paper, because the information in wikipedia is not very strict sometimes. After all, wikipedia is free and nobody should take the responsibility when they make a misstake accidentally. But if you just wanna find something interesting or something not so deep, wikipedia is a good source to refer ;-)
@ybong007 (6659)
• Philippines
19 Nov 09
It was able to watch a feature on CNN regarding wikipedia. It was explained there that some fonts have colors to indicate it's accuracy. I forgot how the color coding works but it tends to change colors as more and more people use it so maybe you're right because if it can be edited by just about anybody then there's always a chance that the information you'll be getting is wrong. Cheers!
@saizo6 (2211)
• United States
19 Nov 09
If you're looking for general information then I would say that Wikipedia can be trusted. But if you were looking to get some in depth information then I'd probably go somewhere else. Wikipedia isn't bad but I wouldn't use it as a reference for important assignments.
• United States
19 Nov 09
Most of the sourcing for Wikipedia is correct, but since it is also open edit, it lends itself toward incorrect information. You might want to use Wikipedia as a starting point to look for more valid sources.
@junmae (1592)
• Philippines
19 Nov 09
I found Wikipedia a very useful site for research because of it's concrete information. But sometimes I cant see a topic that Ive search there.
@bettydeng5 (1709)
• China
19 Nov 09
These information from Wikipedia was edited by the user,but it will be checked, if the information passed by checking, it will be publised. so it can be trusted.
• Canada
19 Nov 09
Well, i never really found any info on wikepedia that was false.. I think most of the information is real though. I try to stay away from wikepedia as far as possible because I don't want to risk having wrong info... I know it must be frustrating when almost all info is on Wikepedia and you can hardly find any other resources... I hope you ace your assignment :) good luck
@ElanaS1 (15)
• United States
19 Nov 09
No, they can't. During the presidential election, people threw up propaganda and lies onto Wikipedia and it took awhile to get removed. Not a good source. The regular encyclopedia sites are heavily researched and reliable.
• Australia
19 Nov 09
Most articles reference citations where they state facts, or clearly state a citaton is needed where one is not available. Where one is not available I would interpret the statement as either the author(s) opinion or speculation. If you check the quality of the references listed at the base of the article you can usually decide yourself whether or not your should place any significance on the content of the article. I'd suggest reviewing the actual reference material yourself to ensure someone's interpretation of the content has not 'muddied' the content which is then conveyed to you via the actual Wikipedia article. Perhaps you can consider Wikipedia as a path, one of many available, to potentially good reference material instead?
• United States
19 Nov 09
I like wikipedia and find it very helpful. I know that the articles on that site are written by anyone with an account, but people are also allowed to edit it if they find something is inaccurate about the article, and the information on that site always has sources as to where the writer got the information from. So, if you can find the sources then it can be trusted but if you read something on that site there's no references, then he doubtful about it.
• United States
19 Nov 09
I wouldnt use it as the sole source for anything. It can be a good reference point, but do make sure to check and double check any "facts" you wish to use from there, researching any quotes you take, and cross refer with other contemporaneous notes. Wikipedia is good, informative and easily accessible, but not 100% reliable for everything. Happy myLotting
@Fulltank (2896)
• Philippines
18 Nov 09
I do too when my kids have one in school. Wiki is my best source of information so far. Its that it easier to navigate and I'm use at it. But sometimes there are garbage articles written on it. I knew when I encounter one, the composition of the sentences does not deal with the subject but rather on the interest of the writer. But still, I can say that is a good source of information.
@nautilus33 (1831)
18 Nov 09
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Hi! I think we can't fully trust to wikipedia.com, because the information there is not 100% checked and we can't be sure if the written there is true or false. There are a lot of people, who write in wikipedia and many of them haven't even checked the information. So we must think about it, before we take some information from wiki as true.
@cher913 (25893)
• Canada
18 Nov 09
i think it can be but i dont think i would use it for all my information. i would glean information from a variety of different sources.