Time and time again, we are told by teachers and peers that Wikipedia is not a reliable source. Yet time and time again, we are all guilty of using it knowing that the validity of it's content is questionable.In it's 14 year existence, Wikipedia has amassed over 5 million articles in English alone, with countless more in 290 other languages - according to an article in The Telegraph. So why is it so hard to trust Wikipedia?
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I wasn't really aware of the vast amount of projects that Wikimedia has been running for your years. I had heard of Wikibooks and had used Wikiquote for some short, school papers. But the idea of something like Wikispecies never seemed plausible, given Wikimedia's model.
Overall, I would not recommend using Wikipedia for scholarly projects or for every fact check. Although, if the information is sourced, you are able to click on that source and read it for yourself. Wikimedia is doing great things by making a vast amount of information available to the public.