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AHT101 Research Skills Guide: Use Wikipedia

When can you use Wikipedia?


Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia that can be edited by anyone. As such the information you will find in Wikipedia may not be of a scholarly nature, it may even be biased or incorrect. However Wikipedia can be very useful for finding background information and for locating definitions, images and alternate keywords/synonyms that you can use in your wider information search.


  • Evaluate by checking the currency, relevance, authorship and purpose of any information or images
  • Follow relevant links and references to academic sources and evaluate as above. It helps to always check the original source of any information or images in wikipedia to determine if it is a reliable academic source
  • It is not wise to cite information that you have found in Wikipedia, however it may be acceptable to cite verified academic sources that you have located via links & references in Wikipedia articles (check with your lecturer if unsure )

Watch the adjacent video How to use Wikipedia wisely for more information.

How to use Wikipedia Wisely


Open Wikipedia and search for the keyword – soybean

  • Check the list of references at the end of the article (scroll toward the bottom of the page to locate references), you can follow these links to locate the original source of information or images used in this article.

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