When was it published? Are their references current? Is currently important for your topic?
Does the info relate to my topic? What audience is it written for? Is it at an appropriate level for my needs?
Who is the author/organization? Are they qualified? Is it edited or peer-reviewed
Where does the information come from? Are there references? Are there errors, broken links etc.?
What's the purpose of the information? Advertising? Scholarly work? Opinion? Is there bias? Who is the intended audience?
Adapted from Meriam Library, California State University, Chico California
Wikipedia is a great tool for a summary of a topic. Wikipedia content is constantly revised, and entries vary in quality. Some of the content is excellent, some is questionable.
Many educators frown on the use of Wikipedia. Why?
How can you use Wikipedia in a way that benefits your research process?