Comments:Kansas library discusses Wikipedia
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I believe that Wikipedia is a valuable source for anything you need to know. It's good for reports, essays, and general knowledge information. It may not always be accurate, but it usually is. I use Wikipedia more than often to get whatever information that I'm looking for.
The procedure for research that I was taught is fairly straight forward: 1. Start at an encyclopedia to get a general understanding. 2. Read the materials referenced in the encyclopedia to get a more complete understanding of the subject material. Since wikipedia articles typically contain references to peer-reviewed sources, I don't see any problem with using it for academic research. However, instead of quoting the wiki article, a student should use it as a portal to quotable sources. Rdbrady 07:32, 8 February 2008 (UTC)