Monday, February 26, 2007

Using Wikipedia for research

Where else but Wikipedia could you find an article examining the merits of using Wikipedia for research?

Here are some things to keep in mind when using Wikipedia:
  • Always be wary of any one single source, or of multiple works that derive from a single source.
  • Where articles have references to external sources (whether online or not) read the references and check whether they really do support what the article says.
  • In many academic institutions, an encyclopedia is unacceptable as a major source for a research paper.

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