Cite the name of the author of the Wikipedia source.Why do you think Wikipedia is unreliable if it is regularly moderated and been able to put a major encyclopedia program out of business?
“One of the dangers of Wikipedia is that students are maybe not critical enough of what is there,” Goldner said.”One-stop shopping makes for a lazy historian, and I think history students need to strengthen their research skills.”
Some students agree with what Goldner has to say about Wikipedia and believe that the site should be used as more of a reference with hobbies, and not as a reference for school.
“I’ll use it to get a general idea of what I’m researching, but I won’t use it as a source,” said Marlon Henriquez, a CTVA senior at CSUN.
And 22 percent of students said they rarely use Wikipedia, if at all, according to the PIL study.
Art major Chyenne DeWitt falls under this category and shares Henriquez’s belief in not using the website as a scholarly source.
“I’ve been on there and checked things and have found many inaccuracies,” DeWitt said.
Wikipedia is aware of the possible inaccuracies found on its articles, warning users from the start that not all entries are of encyclopedic quality and the articles may contain false or debatable information.
These inaccuracies are why most documents on Wikipedia are never considered complete, and they are continually edited and improved on over time. With this, Wikipedia generally sees results in an upward trend of quality and a growing consensus over neutral representation of information.