Wikipedia is a widely used website, but the problem is that it is not a very trustworthy website. According to the actual Wikipedia website, “While some articles are of the highest quality of scholarship, others are admittedly complete rubbish. … use Wikipedia with an informed understanding of what it is and what it isn’t” (Moran,2011).
One of the main reasons this is true, is because you cant trust something when you dont even know who wrote it. Although there is a WIkipedia group which edits unreliable information, often the consensus is won by the contributor with the strongest agenda, not the one with the soundest, and most real information. (Moran,2011).
According to a survey there isnt much diversity among the editors, with about 87% of editors being male,thus the site falls short of “the sum of all human knowledge” (Moran, 2011), without the diversity pool it should have.
People also edit wikipedia pages with vicious style which can go undetected for months. This means you could be reading something that has no truth to it whatsoever, which is why Universities will not accept Wikipedia as a source for papers or assignments.
Finally Wikipedia says itself says not to trust them, so its better to steer clear of it as a primary source.
Moran, M. (2011). The Top 10 Reasons Students Cannot Cite or Rely On Wikipedia.Findingdulcinea.com. Retrieved 27 May 2016, from http://www.findingdulcinea.com/news/education/2010/march/The-Top-10-Reasons-Students-Cannot-Cite-or-Rely-on-Wikipedia.html