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Should you be referencing Wikipedia in your academic assignments?

Wikipedia articles might be used as a starting point for research but your assignment should never be based on information from Wikipedia without first checking other sources. Failure to do this caused considerable embarrassment for the Leveson Enquiry.

Even the people at Wikipedia have concerns about students using Wikipedia for academic research. See what they have to say about it:


But also, have a look at this section from our Library Skills guide about evaluating information, along with a suggestion about how Wikipedia can best be used as a tool to help you find accurate information.