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Do you need to cite it as a source since Wikipedia articles can be written and changed by anyone and do not have an author listed?



A. Yes
B. No

This question is part of Acknowledging Sources: How to Avoid Plagiarism
Asked by Uta_infolit, Last updated: Jan 14, 2020

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F. Ray

F. Ray, Student, Kansas City

Answered Jul 20, 2018

Yes, you still have to cite the source even if you are getting from Wikipedia. There are still some people who think that Wikipedia has some of the best information that they can use. The reason why it is important to still cite the source is because it is illegal to get information online without acknowledging who has written it.

It will be considered plagiarism if you would try to pass the work as your own. Whether you are getting from Wikipedia, other social media sites like Facebook or Twitter, you still need to cite the source of the information just to be safe. You do not want to be accused of plagiarism, right?

 

John Smith

John Smith

Answered Jan 19, 2017

Yes

If you are quoting or paraphrasing information from the Web--even if its Wikipedia, YouTube, or Facebook--you must cite the source.
 

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