Do you guys use Wikipedia for research, or do you follow academic research guidelines--which...
frown upon Wikipedia?
I have had many put down Wikipedia(college professors especially) but I use it along with other sites, it is best to compare several I think and I like Wikipedia to get me rolling on understanding, then others are easier to understand.
I think Wikipedia is very good. It seems to be very accurate i don't even know how it can hold so much information. Even less popular people and things are still on it usually.
I would imagine some do frown upon it, but in my opinion it is a very good source.
I use Wikia as a first source and then check with Britannica and Oxford Encylopaedias and the library.
Like others, I often use Wikipedia as a first step and then go from there.
I would never cite wikipedia as a source in an academic paper, but it's a great resource for finding the sources you actually want. I've found that pages in math and related areas tend to be pretty accurate, so it's an easy way to double check when I've forgotten something.
Wikipedia is good... lot of information on almost all the issues... i follow it regularly whenever am in need... but with regard to history and other such related topics i do prefer the academic books or other specialized books, i cannot trust Wiki here...
I've heard some people often will look up the sources on Wikipedia and actually use those sources in their research instead of referencing that the information was found on Wikipedia directly.
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