How do you cite Wikipedia?
My twleve year old brother was working on paper for his sixth grade history class and called me to ask: “How do you cite Wikipedia?” My first reaction was simple, you don’t. Teachers, college professors and some others do not approve of their students using such an untrustworthy source of information, so you don’t cite it.
Instead, you use the information found within it, look at the article’s list of sources, follow the links to those sources and cite them as your own. In this way, you end up with a beautiful works cited or bibliography page that shows that all you information came from reliable sources. But, since your original source was Wikipedia, shouldn’t it be on it, too?
If Wikipedia provides reliable sources of information wouldn’t it too be a reliable source? Personally, I think teachers and professors should reconsider their thoughts on Wikipedia. It is a great source of information. It’s free, it’s easy to use and it’s the first familiar site to show up when you google something. It should be an accepted citable source.
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