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So what should we make of Wikipedia? We all know that as a student you should be careful about using Wikipedia as a cited source. There is no guarantee that the information is correct. However, there is no denying that most of us use Wikipedia on a regular basis: When looking up stats on your favorite football player, reading up on your next vacation spot, yes even learning the basics of a field you didn’t study.
In many ways it is brilliant, and there are good reasons why it is one of the most used webpages on the internet.
But the question is: Should academics spend their time contributing to Wikipedia?
First published online September 25, 2019.