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This guide explains the strengths and weaknesses of Wikipedia as a research resource. It was originally created by Matt Osborn Teacher-Librarian Arabia Mountain High School
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Wikipedia (pronounced /ˌwɪkɨˈpiːdi.ə/ WIK-i-PEE-dee-ə) is a free, online encyclopedia that allows its users to navigate 3.2 million articles in English consisting of 19.5 million pages. Wikipedia operates on an "openly-editable" model, allowing anyone with an Internet connection to edit an article. On the last update of this article there were 11.8 million registered users including 1700 administrators.

The Good and Bad of Wikipedia

1 Wikipedia: The Good

1.1 Wikipedia is the world's largest encyclopedia

1.2 Wikipedia is a great place to start when you know little or nothing about a topic

1.3 Wikipedia articles will help you locate keywords about a topic

1.4 While encyclopedias are usually updated annually, Wikipedia articles are updated thousands of times per hour

1.5 Wikipedia cites the sources for the articles, allowing users to investigate the topic further:

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2 Wikipedia: The Bad

2.1 Anyone can add, edit, or delete Wikipedia entries

2.2 Wikipedia articles are not scholarly because we know nothing about the authors

2.3 Editors often change articles based on beliefs and opinions, leading to bias

2.4 Some articles get vandalized for ideological reasons or just for fun

2.5 Wikipedia articles cannot be cited in a research paper or project due to the reasons listed above

 

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