Wikipedia and Reference Sources

 Differences Between Wikipedia and a Standard Reference Source

 Wikipedia    Reference Source

 1. Authority: Unknown, contributor could be one individual or crowd sourcing

  1. Authority: Known by author or by the publisher's provenance
 2. Bias/Objectivity: Difficult to Determine  

 2. Bias/Objectivity:  Can be determined by reviewing the editorial and publishing guidelines of the source and the background of the article author

 3. Accurracy: Studies have shown Wikipedia to be generally accurrate but short of a published reference source

   3. Accurracy: Generally good but mistakes can be found in a standard reference works
 4. Contoversial topics: Wikipedia restricts editing  ...  4. Controversial topics: Editorial policy is generally explicit