A History Department Bans Citing Wikipedia

So, Middlebury College has banned citing Wikipedia as a research source.

Now, I’m a fan of Wikipedia. I adore it and the promise it represents. But, the college is right in banning an encyclopedic source as a reference.

An encyclopedia is not something you can cite. It is an amalgam of information from other sources. Therefore, essentially, it’s a road map but not the end destination. Use it to get to the other areas.

However, for the Wikipedia-bashers out there: Instead of whining about inaccuracies put your money where your mouth is and start editing the articles you think need work. That’s the only way Wikipedia works.