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Using Wikipedia for Research

Using Wikipedia for Research



Find Background Information

Entries and embedded links can be used to generate ideas and learn the terminology associated with your topic.

Generate Search Terms

Take a look at the embedded links, bolded words, or table of contents. They can help generate search terms to use for searching in library databases.

Look at the Bibliography

The bottom of the page should list the sources used to compile the entry. .They can point you to other resources (sometimes scholarly) on the topic.


Do Not

Cite to Wikipedia

In academic research, you usually do not cite to an encyclopedia or other sources of background information.

Believe Everything

Because the content is user-create, anonymous, and does not have a mandatory review process, there is no t guarantee that the information is accurate and credible.