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FYE: Ethical Use of Information (What is Art For? McBreen)

Assignment

 

To Cite or Not to Cite

Read the excerpt below. In the quiz, for each sentence, indicate whether the author needs to cite the information used or not.

Wikipedia is a free, online encyclopedia that is written, edited and vetted by its users. Its goal is to cover all areas of knowledge in articles that are “a comprehensive and neutrally written summary of existing mainstream knowledge about a topic.” A comparison by the journal Nature of science articles in Wikipedia to those in Encyclopedia Britannica found that there was not a great difference in accuracy between the two--the average Wikipedia article had about four mistakes to Britannica’s three. Several studies of drug and medication information in Wikipedia have found that articles are often incomplete, contain significant errors, and incorporate sources that are unreliable or out of date. In light of Wikipedia's strengths and weaknesses, the smart researcher may choose to use it as a jumping off point for their research, but will not rely solely on Wikipedia as an information source.