Wikipedia is arguably world’s largest knowledge repository, with scores of entries on every thinkable subject. It is arranged in a quasi-scholarly manner and at first glance raises no doubt in regards to the credibility and quality associated with information. Many students make the information presented there at its face value and get penalized by often their teaching institutions.
The matter is the fact that Wikipedia is called a ‘free encyclopedia’ meaning that anyone on the planet can take a seat at his or her computer that is own and towards the general body of data there. This is what Wikipedia says about contributing articles to it: “Just about anyone can edit nearly every article at any given time, even without logging in”. Consequently, the biggest problem with by using this source is information credibility.
The credibility of data is just one of the cornerstones of academic writing – every claim that is being made in a write-up needs to be backed up with an evidence. Such evidence, in turn, should rely on the research data obtained in the course of an academic inquiry that has to be realized according to fixed rules. Now, getting back into the ‘free encyclopedia’ there have been numerous cases when students got misguided by using information that has been freely available on the internet. (more…)