Is Wikipedia Really That Accurate?

WikipediaI’ve heard a lot of people say that Wikipedia is not a very reliable source. I’ve even seen teachers not accept any papers that have Wikipedia as a reference. Are they right in doing so? Is Wikipedia that inaccurate? If you take a look at this entry into Wikipedia itself you will see that this isn’t true at all. Wikipedia is found to be held at a very high standard, especially in the medical world. You can find information about almost anything and if you do a little bit more research on top of what you found on Wikipedia, I would say that you have done correct research and that the information is reliable. Wikipedia is a great starting point to finding out information.

What about published articles?┬áLet’s take a look at the table below to see how many published articles in the last 7 years have used Wikipedia as a reference:

20031
20049
200531
2006133
2007330
2008451
2009614
2010 (so far)478

I think it’s safe to say that yes, Wikipedia will have some errors but the Encyclopedia also has errors. I believe that Wikipedia is accurate more often than not and I would always recommend my students to start at Wikipedia and move on from there.

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