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Ethical Documentation - Academic Integrity in Research & Writing

What about Wikipedia?

Wikipedia is a helpful and interesting tool. But it is not considered a scholarly resource.  Its OK to use Wikipedia as a starting point if you don't know anything about a topic, but don't rely on this website for your academic work.

If you need an introductory resource to help you understand a concept try a textbook - really!  A book published by a reputable scientific publisher has undergone some kind of peer review or editing process prior to publication.  Or you can use a professional resource like  UptoDate.

The library has a great collection of print and ebooks to help you in your professional studies. To see what resourcse are available search the library catalog.

Why Isn't Wikipedia a Reputable Source?

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