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How Important Is Wikipedia In The Grand Scheme Of Things?
By: Bill Platt
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    2007-08-31

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  • How Important Is Wikipedia In The Grand Scheme Of Things?
  • The fact that...
  • The convenience of...
  • Lazy Research...
  • Academia is generally...
  • For those involved...
  • The Good Faith...
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    The convenience of the Internet encyclopedia version is where a lot of its competition with Britannica arises. Being able to access any information with the click of a mouse brings research to a whole new level.

    Wikipedia and Academics

    Studies are regularly inconsistent on the accuracy of Wikipedia. There is a wide range in the quality and accuracy of the Wiki articles online.

    Articles are constantly being modified and improved upon. When doing research, it is very important to double-check all information. Wikipedia is a great resource, but it should never be trusted as the final word on any topic.

    Members of academia are prone to carry negative feelings towards to the use of Wikipedia. Most become agitated when their students source Wikipedia, because they feel their students are not able to tell the difference between a good resource and a bad one - a truthful fact or an erroneous statement.

    A commonly held belief is that a student lacks the common sense or ability to differentiate between a good article and a biased, inadequate presentation of a story as fact. Academia also points to the general lack of solid research supporting most Wikipedia articles.

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