Published by Christine Zafra on 26 Apr 2008
The boom of Wikipedia as an online research tool has been proven by the number of times it has ranked first whenever you search for a certain subject or topic using the different search engines (it means that it has been deemed as relevant to your search by search engines).
Again, the problem with Wikipedia is almost always the same as any other website that offers “free membership”: anyone can log in and contribute an article or two. Hence, the issue of credibility in the part of the contributor arise. Another is that, some internet users have the tendency (and I say tendency!) to believe in everything they see on the internet. If the article on Wikipedia looks like it is properly referenced, then kids (and the elders too) might believe every single word written on the page.
However, some argue that Wikipedia has its own advantages compared to other encyclopedias: it is said to be “self-correcting”. Each page has a discussion page, thus, users who are knowledgeable about the topic, have the chance to “discuss” the article itself. Also, it can be updated almost every second if some new finding (in science for example) has been discovered.
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