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Wikipedia won't go away, so learn how to use it.

The popularity of Wikipedia makes it important that users learn to use the online collaborative encyclopedia as a starting point for their research, rather than as the final word. Introduced in 2001, Wikipedia is a popular online reference tool that allows Internet users to add and edit entries. Sorin A. Matei, an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Purdue University, recommends it be used as a search engine that acts as a springboard to other resources, and that it never be cited as a primary source of information. Suggested guidelines include avoiding entries with poor grammar, paying attention to a "controversial" label as it indicates that the topic generated debate, and checking for missing well-known features of a particular story or concept.
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Title Annotation:NEWS WATCH
Publication:Scientific Computing
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2007
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