Wikipedia articles are researched with footnotes. If one has a high school or college paper to write, where does one find material to use?

If wiki has already used the best possible source material in many subject papers, by schools universities banning wiki, aren't they forcing students to choose inferior source material? How can a good grade be reached?

6 Answers

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    Just use it anyways and lie about your sources. Its not like they have time to check them

  • 3 weeks ago

    You do what students used to do -- you go to the library, ask the librarians' assistance and look up the articles on your own. Yes, it's more time-consuming and tedious, but it might point out some additional sources. Just make sure you give credit in your bibliography to all the sources you use in your paper.

  • MS
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    You can use the sources that Wikipedia uses, assuming they are legit sources.  But those footnoted sources are not always the best ones.  The problem with using Wikipedia itself is that anyone can go in and change a Wikipedia page, so the information is not always accurate. 

  • John
    Lv 5
    3 weeks ago

    The problem with Wiki articles is that anyone can change them, and/or add or subtract anything they want. That makes them unreliable for scholarly research.

    Probably the most glaring example of that was when, some years ago, a right-wing politician made a comment that John Adams, Jr. was one of the founding fathers. That was quickly pointed out as being incorrect. Supporters of the politician went on Wikipedia and changed an article about the founding fathers to include John, Jr. among them. Adams was only a small child at the time, but the political kooks thought it was better to change history than to admit an error.

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  • Daniel
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    There is nothing stopping you from using the sources in a Wikipedia article as sources, as long as they are scholarly.  The ban is on referencing the Wikipedia article itself.

    Every university has a library, even if it is just a virtual one online.  They usually have access to a lot of online scholarly journals.

    Even my high school library had access to electronic journals and periodicals in addition to what it had physically on hand, and I graduated over 25 years ago.  

  • DON W
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    You may not be allowed to use the wiki article as a source, but using the sources cited by the wikipedia article should be permitted.  In other words, identify the sources and do your research from the sources, ignoring the wiki article.

    As you point  out, the articles often quote very good sources.

    As an alternative, particularly at the college level, go to the university library and ask a reference librarian to help you assemble a research plan.  The librarian will show you databases you probably weren't aware of, and items in the college's own collection you should be reading.

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