Wikipedia is an online resource that can be edited by anyone who has access to the internet.
It has been subject to much criticism by librarians and faculty in academia because:
Wikipedia does have its good points:
Because of its open nature Wikipedia is still held in much suspect by the majority of librarians and scholars.
If you decide to use any resources found in a Wikipedia bibliography you should make sure that that resource is authoratative.
For more information on assessing online resource, please see the "Evaluating a Website" page.
Reference sources are online or print encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases or any other source that are designed to provide a concise yet authoritative overview of a topic of research.
Reference sources are excellent sources to use when you are starting your research, because they provide:
The following is a list of electronic reference sources to help you get started in your research.