Information is powerful, with the right information one can become the richest person in the world and with the wrong information one can become the poorest person in the world, where do you get your information? Have you heard of the yellow news?
Wikipedia, Wikipedia is a form by which individuals contribute information to articles that are written, when the organization was first founded and started individuals would contribute to the articles that was posted on the website, and in those articles would be published. There was no check or balance to verify the information being published, after some criticism they, the organization that runs Wikipedia, implemented safeguards so as to assure the generating of more accurate information.
If there was to be direction given, we would advise that an individual use Wikipedia as a secondary source, and the encyclopedia as a main source for gathering research information. If an encyclopedia is not available, we suggest individuals go directly to the source of the information being considered.
Here are our reasons: First and encyclopedia is written by a group of individuals who are experts in their field, these individuals have staked their reputation on the accuracy of the information being provided, i.e. more reliable then information gathered by one person from one source. The professors and lawyers and scholars who help put together encyclopedias and/or other publications are more concerned about their legacy than they are about notoriety such as individuals who want to be famous. Once a expert publishes a paper, and or has signed on to publish information, they are staking their reputation on the information being considered, i.e. taking responsibility. Where as the single writer single publisher stands alone as the sole entity validating the work, which is not as reliable as 7 to 38 people validating information.
Wikipedia, Wikipedia will also publish case law, publication reference, and other research gathering materials to validate where their information came from, which is why there is a suggestion that individuals go to the source first to verify the information and then Wikipedia, because Wikipedia gathers the information, and it is purported that the information is gathered from sources of original nature. So would it not be advisable to go to the source when attempting to find out about something as opposed to simply just winging it, taking someone's word for?
So is Wikipedia a good source for research information? We believe that it is, however, we believe that it should be relied upon as a secondary source and not as a main source for gathering information.