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Wikipedia is not an Academic Source
Students Use Wikipedia Early and Often, Study Shows
The most common reason that students reported using Wikipedia was to obtain background information or a summary about a topic and to get started with research.
Only 16 percent of survey respondents said they used Wikipedia because of its wiki capabilities.
Students were far more likely to use Wikipedia at the very begining or near the begining of research than at the end of the process.
The study also examined which students were most likely to use Wikipedia. Those majoring in architecture, engineering, or science were likelier than others to do so.
The strongest predictor was the use of Google for course-related research. In addition, students at two-year colleges were less likely than those at four-year colleges to use Wikipedia. And students who reported consulting with librarians were less likely to use Wikipedia than other students were.
Now consider the following from the CSN Com 101
But both are encyclopedia sources.
They are directory media, where you go to seek out the initial information.
In the case of Wikipedia, since it is member generated inaccurate material makes it onto the pages of Wikipedia on a regular basis. When you read it or try to use is, keep in mind that there is bias from whomever make or altered the posting, and that while editors attempt to catch errors, the postings on Wikipedia are not juried for accuracy.