Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Citing Wikipedia in Academic Work

"... if the Professor has a more nuanced view that Wikipedia should not be cited "as a source" by university students then I agree completely! I think the same thing about citing Britannica or any other encyclopedia. Citing an encyclopedia for an academic paper at the University level is not appropriate - you aren't 12 years old any more, it's time to step up your game and do research in original sources. So the real question is: what is the right way for University students to use Wikipedia? It's great for getting yourself oriented on a topic. It is important that students understand our strengths and weaknesses. If we say "the neutrality of this article has been disputed" or "this section does not cite any sources" - believe us! Dig deeper! Once you've read a few relevant Wikipedia entries on a topic, you should be well armed to start digging in to primary materials."
Jimmy Wales, 2012

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