How to Fact Check! Part 10: Wikipedia?!

This week, for our ongoing series on digital literacy, we’re going to take a look at the fact-checking power of Wikipedia!

We know what your English teachers are saying, but hear us out: Wikipedia may not be a viable source for academic papers, but when it comes to quickly checking the credibility of a claim or reading laterally to evaluate a website, it’s a good place to start.

Wikipedia has come a long way since its founding to become a reliable source of information. Its editors follow a strict protocol of neutral writing and sourcing for all articles. The quality of individual articles will still vary, however, so make sure to follow the sources they provide at the bottom of any page to investigate further.

As with the other resources we’ve shown off, Wikipedia should not be the only source you use. Reading laterally means, well, reading laterally. Use a breadth of sources in your quest for greater understanding. If you’re looking for more information, remember to check the Web Literacy for Student Factcheckers handbook. They’ve got a great section on the benefits of using Wikipedia.