• Ah, Wikipedia, our old friend... 
     
    Some people say never to use it for anything, and others use it all the time and tout its merits to the ends of the earth.  I fall somewhere in between; there are wonderful uses for Wikipedia--like getting a general run-down of a topic to help you understand it before doing detailed research, or quickly checking a fact you *think* you already remember when you just need to know something in everyday life--and then there are lousy uses for Wikipedia--like trusting what it says to be the gospel truth about any subject.
     
    The fact is that Wikipedia can be edited by anybody, which makes it both great and unreliable.  Some articles turn out fabulous because they have so many different minds contributing information; others are subject to a lot of malicious editing and may say things that are plain wrong.  So when you're doing research, is the article you're looking at a good one or a bad one?  Who knows?!  Are you willing for your grade to hinge on the difference, when there are so many other sources available to you?
     
    Click here for an entertaining list from PC World Magazine of Wikipedia edits gone wrong...
     
    Borrowed with permission from the blog of Mrs. Sarah Searles, librarian par excellence.  Thank you Mrs. Searles!
Last Modified on August 11, 2016