Wikipedia is a global, “openly editable” encyclopedia, meaning anyone can edit the content. When using Wikipedia for research, you must evaluate the material just as you would with any other webpage. It is not a bad place to gather information, but because of its openly editable format and a lack of peer reviewed content, the information must be read with an extra critical eye.
Pro: Anyone can edit it! Con: ANYONE can edit it!
How do you use Wikipedia the most?
When you are performing academic research, you must wear your “critical hat” to evaluate the credibility of each source. Here are some things to consider:
The credibility of your assignment rests on the credibility of the resources you have used in it to support your arguments. Before you include a resource in your assignment you will need to evaluate it to consider if it is appropriate for a university level assignment.
This guide suggests areas that you may choose to consider when evaluating resources. Of course there are many exceptions to any rule so ultimately it is up to you to decide on the appropriateness of each resource.
Information reproduced with permission from James Cook University Library.