Is Wikipedia a Credible Source?


Is Wikipedia a Credible Source?

It’s the go-to website for information on just about anything. But is the info on Wikipedia worth it’s weight in megabytes? Trace has the answer and tells us about a new plan to up the accuracy of some of its most popular pages.

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UCSF First U.S. Medical School to Offer Credit For Wikipedia Articles
“UC San Francisco soon will be the first U.S. medical school at which medical students can earn academic credit for editing medical content on Wikipedia.”

Medical Students Can Now Earn Credit for Editing Wikipedia
“Starting this winter, medical students at the University of California San Francisco will be able to obtain academic credit from an unlikely source: Wikipedia.”

Using Wikipedia
“As a tool for scholarly research, Wikipedia can be either a grade-killer or a valuable friend, depending on who you ask and what you hope to accomplish using it. What is fairly certain is that your professor won’t let you cite it in a scholarly research paper.”

Citing Wikipedia
Most university lecturers discourage students from citing any encyclopedia in academic work, preferring primary sources; some specifically prohibit Wikipedia citations. Wales stresses that encyclopedias of any type are not usually appropriate to use as citeable sources, and should not be relied upon as authoritative.”

Special Report Internet encyclopaedias go head to head
“Jimmy Wales’ Wikipedia comes close to Britannica in terms of the accuracy of its science entries, a Nature investigation finds.”

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