Wikipedia is often been presented as a great research resource; however it is also a public forum, where any authorized user can make a declaration or an assertion. “If you find an article that provides relevant information for your research topic, you should take care to investigate the source to make sure it is valid and reliable. [Academically, this] is an essential step in maintaining sound research ethics.” Thus, an important question concerning any published work classified as encyclopedic material is: How valid and reliable is documented information?
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