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Wikipedia as a Reliable Authority? — The Last Word

Following up on posts of March 4 and March 7, who better than Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia, to put to rest the notion that Wikipedia is an authority worthy of reliance. In this week's issue of Time magazine, and online at,8599,1601491,00.html, Wales responds to the question, "How can I persuade my teachers to allow me to use Wikipedia as a legitimate research source?" as follows: "I would agree with your teachers that that isn't the right way to use Wikipedia. The site is a wonderful starting point for research. But it's only a starting point because there's always a chance that there's something wrong, and you should check your sources if you are writing a paper." If Wikipedia isn't worthy of student citation, a fortiori it isn't worthy of expert reliance.

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