Learning Portfolio 4

In the learning portfolio, Wikipedia is not accepted as a credible resource for academic assignment. What do you think is the reason Wikipedia is not accepted.


Wikipedia is a website known as the ‘Internet’s Encyclopedia’ with thousands upon thousands of pages on almost every topic one can think of. Despite the site’s convenience for being able to provide information quickly and being ranked high upon almost every google search, it is notorious for being a un-credible website. There are several reasons for this and these reasons are why most universities and educational institutes will not accept Wikipedia as a source. It used to be that almost anyone had access to Wikipedia and could either make or edit a page. This is different now with a group of frequent editors making posts which reduces diversity and often the people who write the pages are not professionals in the area of study they are writing on (and will rarely use their real names). The contributors of the page may have an agenda that can influence their writing providing the reader with inaccurate information. There are also vandals who can destroy the page’s integrity and have their malicious posts go unedited for months. The foremost reason that students should not use Wikipedia is that Wikipedia itself has said that it does not expect reader’s to trust its information and includes that it is not a primary source of information. These reasons dramatically decrease the site’s credibility making it a non accepted source in professional learning institutions.

Retrieved from:

Moran, M. E. (2011). The Top 10 Reasons Students Cannot Cite or Rely On Wikipedia. Education. Retrieved from http://www.findingdulcinea.com/news/education/2010/march/The-Top-10-Reasons-Students-Cannot-Cite-or-Rely-on-Wikipedia.html


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