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Do you use Wikipedia for your information?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on January 31, 2008

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Photo of Lea Wiggins

“I have on rare occasions. I don’t go there to find information, but when it pops up on the search engine, I’ll take a look at it.”

Photo of Dana Brown

“Yeah, sometimes, to research a topic or get information on just about anything if I need to know who’s who, what’s where or pretty much anything.”

Photo of Dante Colombo

“Yes, anytime I’m interested in something or need information for school. I don’t count on it being accurate, but it gives me a general idea.”

Photo of Shara Thati

“Of course. It depends on what I’m looking for, but it’s a good introduction to most subjects. And for the most part I’ve found it to be pretty reputable, but I wouldn’t ever use it as a source.”


ohjayhawk 10 years, 1 month ago

I'll have to third what Dante and blue said.

jonas 10 years, 1 month ago

Honestly, I can't remember. I'll go check the wiki on it and get back to you.

mom_of_three 10 years, 1 month ago

If I want to look up general information, nothing historical, than I might look at it to see what it says. But I will echo what they did at the top - never, ever use it as a source.

mmmskyscraper 10 years, 1 month ago

For me, Wikipedia is great as a "jumping off point." You can start there to get a general idea, some background information, and use that to search more reliable or academic sources.

OnlyTheOne 10 years, 1 month ago

You can't trust it, Like here anybody can post anything correct or not.

salad 10 years, 1 month ago

Dante Columbo; now that's a superhero name! ....or a south american drug-lord name.

jhwk2008 10 years, 1 month ago

Actually, it can be used as a source. I know a professor with a PhD and law degree, both from Harvard, who used it for a peer reviewed article. I've also used it for a highly regarded, graduate level paper. However, it was only one of my 75 citations.

sunflower_sue 10 years, 1 month ago

what everybody else 'cept for jhwk2008.

moo 10 years, 1 month ago

It's great for general info. If you're actually doing serious research on a topic, it is good to get the basics, but most useful to find other sources. Their citations tend to be very helpful.

Flap Doodle 10 years, 1 month ago

All things read on both wiki & dead tree media should be carefully evaluated.

ms_canada 10 years, 1 month ago

Yes, I use it a lot as I always seem to be curious about something. Just now finished looking up the Canonical Hours or the Divine Office of the churches of old. You know, Matins, Lauds, Prime, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers and Compline. I am reading a book by Ellis Peters about the advent of Brother Cadfael. Love that guy!! Wish someone would make a few more episodes for TV starring Derek Jacobi. But as others have noted, I don't trust it completely and look for other references if I need an exact bit of Knowledge.

conservativepunker 10 years, 1 month ago

Use a resource where any fool can input information? Not bloody likely. I try and stay away from the 'net in general. Too much disinformation.

Jarrod Morgenstern 10 years, 1 month ago

I use Wikipedia 10X a day. It is great for the quick, non-essential information.

If you like using Wikipedia, I would also suggest taking a look at WiKUpedia, a wiki devoted to everything KU. From student organizations to basketball camping to White Owl, WiKUpedia will be the one-stop shop for all things KU.

Here are a few of my favorite articles:

KU Basketball Camping:

KU for Uganda:

Black Student Union:

Please take a look, and teach the KU community about something you know or feel passionate about. Thanks!

GretchenJP 10 years, 1 month ago

Sometimes. Although it's fun to go in and edit stuff and make it silly. Oooh, I'm so bad!

O_brother 10 years, 1 month ago

In the words of the great Abraham Lincoln [*], "I pity the fool who uses a wiki as his sole source."

[*] According to a certain well known wiki.

lildos 10 years, 1 month ago

Good to know a Seventh grader is smarter than some college students...I had problems with KU students using Wikipedia as their only source even after I asked them over and over again not to do so. From what I hear from some of my friends this is not a problem only to KU though, there are a lot of college students not only using Wikipedia but citing it and not clearly understanding why it is not a reliable source.

I myself check, because I have become obsessed with knowing everything about movies and tv shows.

GretchenJP 10 years, 1 month ago

Who wants to be president of the Dante Columbo fan club?

SeaFox 10 years, 1 month ago

RETICENT_IRREVERENT (Anonymous) says: Nope, I use the Bible.

OnlyTheOne (Anonymous) says: You can't trust it, Like here anybody can post anything correct or not.

Are we talking about Wikipedia still or the Bible?

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