~ Excerpt from: Wikipedia: Researching with Wikipedia ~
Wikipedia can be a great tool for learning and researching information. However, as with all reference works, not everything in Wikipedia is accurate, comprehensive, or unbiased. Many of the general rules of thumb for conducting research apply to Wikipedia, including:
Metacognition is simply thinking about thinking.
Because you think or believe something doesn’t mean it’s true.
In Carl Sagan’s book The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark he advocates skeptical inquiry and provides guidelines to use a “baloney detection kit”. He argues that it is not only for scientists, but a good approach for everyone to use whenever faced with ideas or claims.