Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia that allows user of the internet to freely access information that has been posted, thus allowing them to freely create new posts, edit old ones and add information to other people’s work without having any authority to do so. A lot of the time this is being done by merely young children and people who are wanting to have some fun and muck around with information that can sometimes be of logic and reliable. Stanford University conducted an investigation into the use of Wikipedia and saw that more than 900 000 authors are registered on the site. With over a billion people able to access the internet at anytime this is a worrying indication that information can be tampered with at anytime, without authors being aware. Although we are often told to stay away from Wikipedia it can be useful as a guide or to merely inform you of any topic given, thus making your research easier to conduct through reliable sources. It can also be noted that that there are little to no checks and balances that are conducted in place to monitor what is going onto the website, and who is putting it on. If you are wanting to use Wikipedia to find information out, you are best to scroll to the bottom of the page and look at the sources the author has used, and then go to those links to find more information, you will then know if the information you’re receiving is reliable and credible.
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