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Wikipedia Analysis

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The article that I have chosen to compare for my paper is on Socrates. Often Wikipedia is regarded as an unreliable source for research when compared to other online references like Encyclopedia Britannica. Yes, there is actually is difference that affects the scholarly research from the information provided on Wikipedia.
The best thing about Wikipedia is that it concisely provides topic wise systematic information on every topic for ‘short and quick reference’ of the summary on our search topic, a distinguishable and easy to note introduction. We also credit it for providing information in a very systematic and orderly manner and is quite too detailed in providing information and pictures ...view middle of the document...

In this article Wikipedia gave a better introduction to the article on Socrates than Britannica. But the birth year of Socrates is not exact in Wikipedia and is in Britannica. The edits in Wikipedia can even change the total perception of a point. For example, in my article on Socrates one of the things that changed in the Wiki entry was that a random editor deleted the “Direct criticism of Socrates disappears at this point but there is a noticeable preference for Plato or Aristotle over Socratic philosophy even into the middle Ages” (1). According to him Aristotle criticized Socrates. Also “there is a notable preference for Platonic philosophy over Socratic philosophy because there is no such thing as Socratic philosophy. It's all Plato (maybe a little Xenophon, and a little Aristophanes)” (1). This is one of the points that tend to confuse us as we do not know which is correct and for that we refer to more reliable, expertise-written sources of information such as Britannica which says that. Another edit says that Socrates was credited being an author in Wikipedia which is a terrible mistake as he was a philosopher and was well known for not writing any teachings of even his own. Plus there were problems with citations in this article as many readers complained and suggested and added citations. Whereas the information on...

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