Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia hence wiki(PEDIA), with 13 million articles on it in many different languages. This gives it the name (WIKI)pedia for the multilingual purposes (Wikipedia, 2009). This makes wikipedia a very useful tool. I often use it just to gain some basic understanding of a topic I am unsure about. Seeing as anyone can contribute to or edit Wikipedia it is important to make sure the information is correct by also searching for more reliable sources like government sites, education sites and scholarly articles. I would encourage my students to search a topic on wikipedia to gain an understanding of what it is but then to search for more reliable sources.
Wikipedia (2009). Wikipedia About. retrieved August 16, 2009 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:About