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"Wikipedia is a free encyclopedia, written collaboratively by the people who use it."
"As articles develop, they tend to become more comprehensive and balanced. Quality also improves over time as misinformation and other errors are removed or repaired. "
"However, because anyone can click "edit" at any time and add stuff in, any article may contain undetected misinformation, errors, or vandalism."
use Wikipedia as a starting point
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critically evaluate the information
The 5 Pillars and Wikipedia's Weakness
Wikipedia is guided by
5 pillars - that is ethical principals.
Wikipedia is an encyclopedia
Wikipedia is written from a neutral point of view
Wikipedia is free content that anyone can use, edit, and distribute
Wikipedia's editors should treat each other with respect and civility
Wikipedia has no firm rules
cite Wikipedia articles in your for assignments
treat medical and legal information as fact
Use it as your only information source
Weakness of Wikipedia
The information might oscillate between viewpoints.
Articles are vandalized, whether for fun, as a hoax, or because the subject is controversial.
Some articles are written from a insider's view, with highly technical language, while some are written for a more general audience.
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