Should wikipedia be considered a reliable academic source?
February 18, 2007 12:12am CST
A lot of my professors do not think so but others highly recommend it for finding information and research.
18 Feb 07
I think that you could use Wikipedia when you're looking for a quick answer or just a basic idea about certain topics, but that it really can't be considered a reliable academic source. My professors also highly discourage us from quoting Wikipedia as our sources in our papers. Because as extensive and reliable as Wikipedia is, the fact that just about anyone can edit information whether it's true or not, can prove to be really problematic in a lot of cases. So yeah, I think Wikipedia can be used as a starting ground for academic sources, but that it really shouldn't be considered as a reliable academic source.