With over a million entries, Wikipedia is one of the most popular sites on the internet. It’s also the first or second result in many Google searches. You may have looked up information in Wikipedia in the past, or even used it as a source for a paper. You may have heard others say that Wikipedia can’t be used for research. So what should you do?
Wikipedia should be used only for background information. You should not rely on it as a source in a paper.
Wikipedia itself warns against citing it in a research paper.
Learn More! See this link to the tab: "What's Right and Wrong with Wikipedia."
Wikipedia has several warnings that it applies to entries that have obvious flaws. These can help you evaluate an article. Even if there are no warnings on an article, you must examine all articles carefully.
Do you need to better understand your field of study, such as basic concepts, the history of the field or its most important researchers? While your textbook is a great place to start, the Capella Library has several reference databases you can use to find background information that focuses on your discipline, including:
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