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Students 'should use Wikipedia'

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Lounge' started by gkd_uk, Dec 7, 2007.

  1. gkd_uk

    gkd_uk Moderator Moderator Webmaster

    Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has said teachers who refuse students access to the site are "bad educators".

    Speaking at the Online Information conference at London's Olympia, he dismissed the long-running controversy over the site's authority.

    He said he now thinks that students should be able to cite the online encyclopaedia in their work.

    Previously, Mr Wales believed that the website, which is edited by users, lacked the authority for academic work.

    As long as an article included accurate citations, he said he had "no problem" with it being used as a reference for students, although academics would "probably be better off doing their own research".

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