Wikipedia is convenient especially when in the need of quick
information or in cases when you need to finish your research quickly.
In Model UN Wikipedia is a great source especially when it comes to information about the country you are representing and its recent disputes.
If Wikipedia itself says “we do not expect you to trust us”, how come we are supposed to trust it?
These were the points of why I was against Wikipedia
I should not rely on
information from any source.
If I do not know who wrote
it then indeed I cannot trust what I am reading.
Information on Wikipedia
might be outdated or someone who is not expert in the field. ( this actually
happened to me as an Egyptian after the ex. president Mohamed Morsi left his
office his information on Wikipedia was not update for over a month!)
Because on Wikipedia
accurate contributors can be silenced, they might see the mistake and be unable
to correct it.
- It is provocative to raise a point on another delegate to cite his sources and he say “Wikipedia”. (If you know what I mean).
Stay away from Wikipedia
pages with “this article needs additional citations for verification”.
Stay away from points that
reads “citation needed”.
Examine the reference listed
at the bottom of Wikipedia
- Check the real references.
- Read the information from that reference because it might have been fabricated.
- Try searching for the original reference if the one provided was a secondary source.
Most importantly use
Wikipedia as a primary resource; you can use it just to understand basic
concepts or to set your guideline words in your research.