That’s the word from the Wikipedia founder, according to a post on The Chronicle’s Wired Campus blog. According to the post, “Wikipediaâ€™s founder, Jimmy Wales, says he wants to get the message out to college students that they shouldnâ€™t use it for class projects or serious research.”
In an interview, Mr. Wales said that Wikipedia is ideal for many uses. If you are reading a novel that mentions the Battle of the Bulge, for instance, you could use Wikipedia to get a quick basic overview of the historical event to understand the context. But students writing a paper about the battle should hit the history books.
Needless to say, such statements tend to get folks like academics, librarians, and students a little fired up. The comments of the post are an interesting read as well.