Saturday, October 04, 2008

Wikipedia and Using It as an Academic Source

Wikipedia is often said to be a poor source for research by academic types. Not a few instructors and professors ban it as a source for writing term papers. It is time for the academic community to reconsider this position especially since citation of sources that is common in many articles. I would propose that pages that meet the criteria of citation of sources and objective writing style be used as sources for high school and beginning college term papers. The issue is the quality of the writing, not the title of the website. What do others think?

Another approach that might be helpful is to actually have student edit Wikipedia articles instead of write term papers. Instead of writing a new work, edit, especially find citations for facts in Wikipedia articles. Reactions?
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