Wikipedia, one of many Wikimedia projects, has been around since 2001. This means that Wikipedia started the same year that I started the first grade. Needless to say, there have been countless reports, essays, projects, etc. that required Internet research in my years since 2001. I feel like I've used Wikipedia so many times for so many different things that I must have read it all, but since the reality is that there are over 24 million articles, I know that I've barely scratched the surface.
Although I have scanned Wikipedia for information many times over the years, it has always been a tricky one for me. According to wikimediafoundation.org, "With the exception of fair use material, all information in Wikimedia projects can be freely shared, freely distributed, freely modified and freely used for any purpose, commercial or non-commercial in perpetuity." Because of this, I have had so many teachers in so many classes tell me that Wikipedia was NOT a credible source and that we shouldn't use it for research based assignments. I've also had some say that we could never use Wikipedia as a cited source. This made me start adopting the philosophy that if I can't cite it, why even use it?