Based on my careful analysis of the factors associated with information reliability, there is a medium-to-high inherent risk of a researcher conveying unreliable information through citing Wikipedia material due to inadequate identity management issues. Contextually, according to About.com, “In most cases, you should stay away from Internet information that doesn’t list an author… If the author is named, you will want to find his/her web page to:
• Verify educational credits
• Discover if the writer is either published in a scholarly journal
• Verify that the writer is employed by a research institution or university”
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