The accuracy of political information on Wikipedia

Turns out that it’s actually a pretty reliable source for political information:

Now a peer-reviewed study by Brigham Young University political scientist Adam Brown validates Wikipedia as a reliable place to get a political education.

The research focused on past and present candidates for governor across the 50 states. Brown fact-checked biographical information and voting statistics and found very few inaccuracies.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/04/110414131855.htm

http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=8253718

I still think it’s a good idea to check the citations and independently verify the source material. But I also think that Wikipedia is certainly a good place to start when researching a topic.

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