Answered By: Theresa Bell
Last Updated: Nov 15, 2017     Views: 2013

While Wikipedia is a great source to provide an overall introduction to a topic, the use of articles from the site in academic research isn't usually acceptable because the wiki can be changed by anyone, and there simply aren't enough qualified editors to keep up with fact-checking every article. My advice would be that if you start with Wikipedia, don't end your research there, but rather, go to a primary source (often listed in the article's references) to confirm the information, and then cite the primary source. For more information and and a sample reference, please see "How to Cite Wikipedia in APA Style" from the APA Style Blog.