How do you know the information you find on the Internet is trustworthy?
The Wikipedia Dilemma
Using the tips from Duke University in the "Evaluating Websites" box, take a look at Wikipedia and think about the following:
Search Cuban missile crisis on Wikipedia and take a look at the Wikipedia entry.
Is Wikipedia a good source to cite in your research? No!
-Anyone can make edits to this entry
-Look at all the changes that have been made to this article - do you know who made these changes?
Is Wikipedia a good resource to help you with your research? Yes!
-Look at the bottom for References, Further Reading, and External links
-These sections can guide you to books, articles, and sites for government and other organizations
Wikipedia is a good site to help jumpstart your research as it can lead you to other sources you know are credible, but it is not a good site to use as a source because the information can be too unreliable.