wiki as a source

Ever since my freshman year of high school, I have loved Wikipedia to help with homework and projects. It has hundreds of thousands of pages with useful information that anyone can edit. Until recently, I never thought about who or what was being used as sources for wiki articles. Wikipedia can be a very useful tool when searching for information, but when it come to professional and academic work Wikipedia can be inaccurate. I’ve found that even some of the longest and most detailed Wikipedia articles can still lack important information. And although Wikipedia has moderators to safeguard against inaccuracies, there are so many pages on Wiki that moderation is probably a very difficult job when considering how many people are able to change information at any given time. At best Wikipedia can be helpful by giving the reader a brief history or facts about a topic. At it’s worst, Wikipedia can be inaccurate or misinforming by either giving false information, or simply by omitting important details. Wikipedia shouldn’t be used in academia as a source, however it may be a good place to begin research.

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