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Is Wikipedia a Credible Source?
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Wikipedia's 5 Pillars
The fundamental principles of Wikipedia may be summarized in five "pillars":
Wikipedia is an encyclopedia
: It combines many features of general and specialized encyclopedias
, and gazetteers
. Wikipedia is not
, an advertising platform
, avanity press
, an experiment in anarchy
, an indiscriminate collection of information
, or a web directory
. It is not a dictionary
, a newspaper
, or a collection of source documents
, although some of its fellow Wikimedia projects
Editors should treat each other with respect and civility
: Respect your fellow Wikipedians
, even when you disagree. Apply Wikipedia etiquette
, and don't engage in personal attacks
. Seek consensus
, avoid edit wars
, and never disrupt Wikipedia to illustrate a point
. Act in good faith, and assume good faith
on the part of others. Be open and welcoming to newcomers
. If a conflict arises, discuss it calmly on the nearest talk pages
, follow dispute resolution
, and remember that there are 4,976,188 articles on the English Wikipedia to work on and discuss.
Resources for Instructors
Wiki Education Foundation
The Wiki Education Foundation connects higher education resources in the USA and Canada to the publishing power of Wikipedia. We cultivate learning that enriches Wikipedia and universities, creating a world where any learner can contribute to open scholarship and education for all. We change the lives of students by helping students change the world.
Wikipedia Resources for Instructors
This page has everything you need to know to get started.
Wiki Education Testimonials
Stories from Professors and students who have engaged in Wikipedia assignments.
WikiProjects can be a great place to find disciplinary communities on Wikipedia. They often include a list of articles that need help.
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