Is Wikipedia Reliable As A Source?

By | March 13, 2004

A few weeks back I wrote in my column of Wikipedia, the peer-produced online encyclopedia. Several readers and friends have asked whether it really stands up to scrutiny. How could something produced by a bunch of folk who may or may not have the qualifications, may or may not have an agenda, create something that’s objective and reliable?

Here’s a piece from the excellent Poynteronline by Sree Sreenivasan, Columbia Professor & Poynter Visiting Professor, which may convince the doubters. He says: “I was always wary of trusting Wikipedia, a giant, free, collaborative encyclopedia that’s getting lots of attention. But, slowly, I found myself impressed by some of the entries I came across.”

2 thoughts on “Is Wikipedia Reliable As A Source?

  1. Wiki-Addict

    Wikipedia is a very reliable source, University of Stanford had conducted tests on wikipedia and the britannica and they both had the same inaccuracies.


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