As with any research activity, fully understanding a resource’s information and author’s intent is vital when determining credibility. One should, at a minimum, consider author accountability and a source’s system of quality control.
Author accountability. Wikipedia is not to blame for author accountability, or unaccountability for that matter. Yes, it is true that the free online encyclopedia can be updated by anyone. However, it is also true that Wikipedia does not deny the truth and the following Wikipedia quote essentially accepts the fact. “Wikipedia is written collaboratively by largely anonymous Internet volunteers who write without pay. Anyone with Internet access can write and make changes to Wikipedia articles…” (Wikipedia, July)