Answered By: Lynn VanLeer Last Updated: May 08, 2016 Views: 737
You can use Wikipedia as a starting place to gather preliminary information, but you will not cite Wikipedia as a source in scholarly work. You will want to find other, more reliable and scholarly sources for your discussions, assignments, and other academic work.
Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia which anyone can add to or edit. You will want to fact check anything you find there.
These are just a few ways Wikipedia can be helpful.
Keep in mind we also have online encyclopedias and dictionaries in the Library for you to access. These are a good source of preliminary or background information on your topic.
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