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January 20, 2016

Wikipedia turns 15 – but do academics trust this teenager?

I asked my students how many had a faculty member tell them they cannot use Wikipedia as a source. All students raised their hands. I asked them why they thought they were banned from using Wikipedia for academic purposes. Everyone said in unison, said it was because Wikipedia is not a reliable source. Now 15 years of age, when do we start trusting this teenager?