Monday, March 21st, 2011...12:47 pm

Surprising truth about Wikipedia

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Wikipedia is not verified, fact checked, or guaranteed to be true.

Really.

From Wikipedia:

“It is in the nature of an ever-changing work like Wikipedia that, while some articles are of the highest quality of scholarship, others are admittedly complete rubbish. We are fully aware of this.”

Researcher beware!

With Wikipedia, anyone can change any page. Are these changes fact or opinion? Are authors the expert on their topics? Maybe…maybe NOT.

Wikipedia is GREAT for casual research, and excels at pop culture information. (The Doctor Who page is comprehensive and packed with verifiable links and references.) But with academic research, you want information to be correct and written by experts, not by enthusiastic volunteers.

Truth, not TRUTHY.

Go beyond the Wiki

For college research, look beyond Wikipedia. The library offers topic overviews through Encyclopedia Britannica and Opposing Viewpoints. Check out a book, or find an article in Academic Search Complete.

Library can help

Unsure where to start? Library staff can help! We know the online and print resources and love research. Just ask!

More info:

About Wikipedia

Wikipedia: Ten things you may not know about Wikipedia

Wikipedia Tutorial from Paul Robeson Library at Rutgers University

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