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Answered By: Sarah Johnson
Last Updated: Jul 27, 2015     Views: 38

Short answer: No

While Wikipedia is a great source for gathering broad information about a topic, it's unreliable, and should not be cited as a source of knowledge in your coursework.  Its wiki format means that anyone can edit the content, at any time.  This rules out any guarantee that the information published by Wikipedia is written by credible sources.  Wikipedia articles are not peer-reviewed, and the content can change from day to day.

Even so, you might find useful information in the References and External Links sections of Wikipedia.  CU Libraries can help you track down scholarly citations that may be referenced in Wikipedia articles, and those may be used in your academic coursework, as long as you evaluate them for relevancy and credibility.

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