Most, if not all, of my professors in college were perfectly okay with their students citing Wikipedia. In fact, I had one professor who strongly encouraged it. He was a linguistics professor and, as he stated, Wikipedia has some very thorough descriptions of many languages’ phonologies, including very uncommon languages. Yet as this professor pointed out, he advised us to use Wikipedia just like any other source in that one would not cite only one source in an academic paper. He or she would always look to a multitude of sources, therein providing some checks and balances to his or her own work. If one is doing just that, what is wrong with having Wikipedia be one of those sources?
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