Last Updated: Sep 3, 2013
- Britannica Online
Standard scholarly source for overviews of topics.
As you probably know, ANYONE can edit Wikipedia -- so take what you read with a grain of NaCl. That said, studies have shown that Wikipedia content is often quite accurate, especially in the sciences. Best bet: Use as a starting point; verify and cite any important facts using more standard sources. Tip: check out the Talk and View history tabs to see how the Wikipedia editing community is handling a topic.
Wikipedia can be a great first stop to bring yourself up to speed on a topic. Stephen Colbert demonstrates why it may not be the best choice to cite as a scholarly source.