These sources provide an overview of Wikipedia as a research tool:
- Using Wikipedia for Academic Research (Cooperative Library Instruction Project)
This video (3:36) explains how to leverage Wikipedia to find reputable sources for college-level research.
- Wikipedia: Beneath the Surface (NCSU Libraries)
This excellent video discusses how information is added to Wikipedia and issues to be aware of as a user (6:41).
Consider these criteria to determine if your sources are reputable:
Author: Who produced the information? What can you find about the author’s credentials?
Publication Type: Where was the item published? Essays in scholarly books and articles in peer-reviewed journals are written by experts and have undergone rigorous scrutiny and editing prior to publication.
Accuracy: Does the author cite references to support his/her thesis? Are the references also from scholarly and credible sources? How does the information compare to other sources you have found?
Timeframe: When was the source published? Is the information still relevant?
For more tips and guidelines, see:
- Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask (UC Berkeley Libraries)
- Evaluating Print vs. Internet Sources (Purdue University Online Writing Lab)