Why you shouldn’t rely on Wikipedia
July 7, 2016 / Sharnie Carter
Relying on one source of information is bad enough, but if you only use Wikipedia then be prepared to fail! Here are 3 reasons why you shouldn’t rely on Wikipedia in your work:
Full of inaccuracies
You should take what is written on Wikipedia with a pinch of salt. Even Wikipedia itself states that it is ‘not a primary source’ and that ‘some articles may contain errors’. Straight away you should close your web browser and say clear! Putting information that you don’t know is correct and debatable into your work could have a detrimental effect.
Who even wrote it?
Very few Wikipedia editors use their real name or hardly provide any information about themselves. So how do we know who actually wrote it? Or why they wrote it? These are vital questions you need to ask yourself when using and looking for a source of information for your work.
Malicious entries that go uncorrected for months
Wikipedia can be edited by anyone, which means users can falsify entries. This can be in a negative manner and although the majority of this ‘vandalism’ is quickly removed, occasionally it can remain on there for extended periods of time.
So when your tutors say stay away from Wikipedia, now you know why!
Make sure you take a sceptical approach to everything you read. Remember using more than one source in your work will allow you to achieve a better grade!