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Use Wikipedia

posted Mar 13, 2012, 5:08 AM by Peter Knowles
Many students like to use Wikipedia as a source of research information, but many teachers demand that students NOT do so. Check with your teacher for any particular assignment to see if Wikipedia is an acceptable source of information. 

If it is, the following page at Wikipedia can help you cite the pages you use. 

If it isn't (or even if it is) Wikipedia can be an excellent starting point for your research on any given topic. This video shows you how
Remember to use a Wikipedia page for:    
  • Background information - get a better understanding of your topic
  • Creating a list of key words - find terms and related concepts that will help you search for more resources
  • Links to outside web pages - related websites and articles are often linked here
  • Links to other resources - just like external links, the reference list often provides direct links to other sources that can help. 
  • See "4 ways to use Wikipedia (hint: never cite it)" for more details