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    Is Wikipedia a reliable source?

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    Why or why not?
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    Re: Is Wikipedia a reliable source?

    Wikipedia has been studied for accurateness and is about as accurate as Encyclopedia Brittanica. However, it never hurts to cross-check it.

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    Re: Is Wikipedia a reliable source?

    Quote Originally Posted by Coronado View Post
    Wikipedia has been studied for accurateness and is about as accurate as Encyclopedia Brittanica. However, it never hurts to cross-check it.
    Exactly.

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    Re: Is Wikipedia a reliable source?

    It really depends on what is being cited, how well it is sourced on Wiki, and what teh info is being used for.

    Typically, I will always check the sources for the Wiki article before I fully believe anything written there.

    It's OK for certain general knowledge info, but in a serious debate about a controversial issue, it's usually better to get a better source, though.

    But I would never use it for anything serious, such as one of my papers for grad school.
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    Re: Is Wikipedia a reliable source?

    I used to be against Wiki. But, now it usually has footnotes and links to its points. I always check its links before I use it or believe it. It has come a long way. It can save you a lot of time the way it has one page for a wide issue.
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    Re: Is Wikipedia a reliable source?

    Not really.

    Wikipedia's description of the history of the Jamestown Colony is an advertisement for the "socialist" nature of the colony, and even perverts John Smith's "he who will not work shall not eat", carefully omitting the statement by Smith that it's wrong for a man to toil to provide food for others when those others refuse to work for themselves.

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    Re: Is Wikipedia a reliable source?

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow Akhbar View Post
    Not really.

    Wikipedia's description of the history of the Jamestown Colony is an advertisement for the "socialist" nature of the colony, and even perverts John Smith's "he who will not work shall not eat", carefully omitting the statement by Smith that it's wrong for a man to toil to provide food for others when those others refuse to work for themselves.
    Maybe you're looking for a site more like this:

    Conservapedia
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    Re: Is Wikipedia a reliable source?

    Depends on the article.

    Overall, not really, but it is a good starting point.
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    Re: Is Wikipedia a reliable source?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    Depends on the article.

    Overall, not really, but it is a good starting point.
    Agree --- I'd use it as a dictionary more than a reliable encyclopedia.
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    Re: Is Wikipedia a reliable source?

    Many of the articles on Wikipedia are very good, but not all. They're only as good as the people who write and edit them. Some do a good job, but others don't.

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