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Help yourself - Searching the Internet

Can I use Wikipedia?

Use Wikipedia as a starting point for background reading and identifying keywords. As a rule you should not use it as a reference in a university assessment.


Strengths Weaknesses
  • Continually updated
  • Content is monitored by many people
  • Good for discovering keywords & background information
  • Anyone can create and edit entries
  • Entries may contain errors
  • Content may not meet academic standards


Academic alternatives

The Library has academic reference material (encyclopaedias, dictionaries and handbooks) that are perfect for topic overviews. These resources can be cited in your reference list.

Some examples include: