Vol. 81, No. 2, February
Wikipedia: Quick, reliable
but is it citable?
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit, is without a
of the largest free online reference resources. The fact that anyone can
it, coupled with well-publicized Wikipedia hoaxes, have led many lawyers
classify Wikipedia as unreliable. Nothing could be further from the
truth. Due to
the vast number of Wikipedia users, the resource is self-correcting. If
someone edits an entry in a way most of us would view as untrue, it is
the entry would be edited again by another Wikipedia user within
Even though lawyers might understandably feel uncomfortable
citing Wikipedia in a brief because the cited entry could change, many
opinions have included citations (within footnotes) to Wikipedia.
Source: Jim Calloway's Law Practice Tips Blog. Found on WisBar's
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