Mr. Wales said that he gets about 10 e-mail messages a week from students who complain that Wikipedia has gotten them into academic hot water. â€œThey say, â€˜Please help me. I got an F on my paper because I cited Wikipediaâ€™â€ and the information turned out to be wrong, he says. But he said he has no sympathy for their plight, noting that he thinks to himself: â€œFor God sake, youâ€™re in college; donâ€™t cite the encyclopedia.â€
Sounds reasonable. Now here’s the headline for the article this is part of:
Wikipedia Founder Discourages Academic Use of His Creation
Ummm…yeah. He also is discouraging college-level researchers from using Britannica, and World Book, and Americana. I’m very disappointed in the Chronicle for this bit of wiki-bashing…it’s not wikipedia he’s saying doesn’t work/isn’t authoritative/is non-academic. It’s the encyclopedic format that he’s saying is not a source of university appropriate research.