Answered By: Matt Stevons
Last Updated: Aug 08, 2018     Views: 2600

Most instructors will not consider Wikipedia an academic source you can cite in your coursework.  

Similarly, you may have been warned that there is a lot of bad information on Google as well and that you need to be careful when searching on the web. 

However, these are still very popular sources used every day by academics and researchers.  What is their role, then, in academic research? See the video linked to below, "Beginning Research with Google and Wikipedia," which will introduce you to the pros and cons of using Google and Wikipedia as tools for gathering information.  "About Wikipedia," the second video, delves into more detail about what Wikipedia is and more about why it's not an acceptable citation in most academic work.