Simulacrum wrote: sox 06 wrote:
I use it all the time for research, my teachers mad because they all hate it but I don't care.
You know it's people just like you and me that keep Wikipedia updated, right? That's like quoting something one of us posted here and treating it as the gospel truth in one of your school reports.
I'm sure it drives teachers bonkers to see stuff like that in your bibliographies.
Yeah, citing Wikipedia as a source isn't cool. I will argue that the vast majority of people contributing to Wikipedia are pretty serious about it, and it might not be a bad starting place to find reliable sources... but in and of itself, Wikipedia isn't a source so much as it's a guide.
You'll notice that there is a very large and dedicated members of the Wikipedia community who are charged with checking the validity and appropriateness of articles. Although it's too large to be everywhere at once, in many cases Wikipedia is as reliable as Brtiannica, the gold standard in enclyopedic research.
My Librarian girlfriend wants to hate Wikipedia so much because it threatens the very concept of her profession, but even she admits for looking up random things quickly and casually, it's pretty useful.