Using Wikipedia in an Academic Setting Infographic
There is always a fight between teachers and students when it comes to using Wikipedia. In fact, some teachers absolutely forbid students from using it for any type of research. However, both teachers and students should understand that using Wikipedia for research can be educational and contribute to student advancement of any topic. If done correctly, Wikipedia can be a valuable research tool. It is critical to understand the difference between “using it as a reference” and “referencing it in academia.”
With that being said, Wikipedia should never be used as a source directly. It can be used as a starting point and a research portal. The Using Wikipedia in an Academic Setting Infographic shows the best ways to use Wikipedia in academic research. For a complete guide on using Wikipedia for academia, download the free guide to academic use of Wikipedia.