Does Wikipedia Suck?

In an article by Inside Higher Ed, the author discusses faculty’s perception of Wikipedia and its use by students’ for research papers. Some professors immediately decry Wikipedia as unreliable due to its open-editing nature and forbid students from using it. The author who is also an instructor tested the theory by assigning students different topics to research on Wikipedia and report on the findings. Contrary to what some people believe, Wikipedia does contain a lot of useful information and it is written in a clear and easy to understand format. However, while the articles were useful, they did not contain the depth of information as would be found in a scholarly paper or publication. As with most general encyclopedias, Wikipedia gives a basic overview of the topic at hand as well as references to more in-depth articles but the information is often not appropriate for in-depth research.
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