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An interesting academic article on law review citations to Wikipedia from 2002-2008:
Due to its perceived omniscience and ease-of-use,reliance on the online encyclopedia Wikipedia as a sourcefor information has become pervasive. As a result, scholarsand commentators have begun turning their attentionstoward this resource and its uses. The main focus ofprevious writers, however, has been on the use of Wikipediain the judicial process, whether by litigants relying onWikipedia in their pleadings or judges relying on it in theirdecisions. No one, until now, has examined the use ofWikipedia in the legal scholarship context. This articleintends to shine a light on the citation aspect of theWikipedia-as-authority phenomenon by providing detailedstatistics on the scope of its use and critiquing or buildingon the arguments of other commentators.
Part II provides an overview of the debateregarding the citation of Wikipedia, beginning with ageneral discussion on the purposes of citation. In this Part,this article examines why some authors choose to cite to Wikipedia and explains why such citation is nonethelessproblematic despite its perceived advantages. A citationanalysis performed on works published by nearly 500American law reviews between 2002 and 2008 is the focusof Part III, from a description of the methodology to anexamination of the results of the analysis and any trendsthat may be discerned from the statistics. Finally, Part IVexamines the propriety of citing to Wikipedia, culminatingin a call for tighter editorial standards in law reviews.
In all that I endure, of one thing I am sureKnowledge and Reason change like the SeasonA Jester's Promenade
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