Lesson 19. Using Wikipedia for Research and School Papers

In this lesson, you learn whether and how to use Wikipedia when writing research papers.

Trusting Wikipedia—or Not

Given the breadth and depth of coverage offered, it’s not surprising that many students, businesspeople, and even professional researchers use Wikipedia as a key research tool. But how reliable is the information you find in a typical Wikipedia article—and should you trust what you find on the site?

It’s important to remember that Wikipedia is not written by a team of trained professionals. No single individual is responsible for maintaining the accuracy of the information within. There are no guarantees that what you read is a complete and accurate accounting of a given ...

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