Many librarians used to treat Wikipedia more like the Forbidden Forest than a wonderland of information. Since its founding in 2001, the online encyclopedia has not always had a stellar reputation in libraries as a research tool. The controversy stems from Wikipedia’s open-source nature: Almost anyone can post about anything. Yet, when faced with a research assignment, students flock to the website.
Instead of forcing students to choose between Wikipedia and scholarly databases, some academic libraries are integrating Wikipedia into their programming to promote a shared mission: free access to knowledge.