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ENGL 1000 Freshman English I

Welcome to the Freshman English I research guide.

It's on the Internet, so it's true... right?

Test Your Knowledge

Your instructor has asked you to write a paper based on current scholarly information. What would be the most appropriate source to use?

Test Your Knowledge
Journals: 25 votes (71.43%)
Newspapers: 4 votes (11.43%)
Magazines: 0 votes (0%)
Books: 6 votes (17.14%)
Total Votes: 35

Do's and Don'ts of Wikipedia


  • use Wikipedia to become familiar with a topic or as a starting point for research
  • use Wikipedia to find more search terms or keywords for your research topic
  • maintain a level of skepticism when reading Wikipedia articles


  • cite Wikipedia articles in your bibliography for assignments or papers
  • treat information on Wikipedia as facts, especially when concerning legal or medical advice

What is Wikipedia?

Wikipedia"Wikipedia is a multilingual, web-based, free-content encyclopedia project based on an openly editable model." - Wikipedia

This online encyclopedia is a collaborative, cooperative effort by volunteer writers to provide up-to-date information on any subject imaginable.

Wikipedia is one of the most popular reference websites online, with millions of visitors every month. There are more than 19 million articles and 82.000 active contributors.

Wikipedia is guided by the following principles, referred to as the Five Pillars:

  1. Wikipedia is an encyclopedia.
  2. Wikipedia is written from a neutral point of view.
  3. Wikipedia is free content that anyone can edit, use, modify, and distribute.
  4. Editors should interact with each other in a respectable and civil manner.
  5. Wikipedia does not have firm rules.