Can students and researchers cite Wikipedia articles in academic writing? This question does not have a simple answer. Even Wikipedia advises researchers to exercise "special caution when using Wikipedia as a source for research projects."  When Wikipedia just emerged, the answer from most faculty and departments was "No." As Wikipedia has expanded, and editors have worked to create high-quality, well-researched Wikipedia entries, and as faculty started to assign Wikipedia editing to students in recent years, people are starting to recognize the value of Wikipedia as an excellent starting point for research. But as with any general reference text, it should be used as a starting point to lead you to more reliable and rigorous scholarly texts.
When using Wikipedia, and determining how and whether to cite Wikipedia consider the following:
After considering these factors, it is recommended that you consult with your instructors and use your own discretion to decide if you should use/cite a particular Wikipedia article. Always remember the major reasons to cite resources - giving appropriate credit and allowing people to trace the trajectory of your scholarship.
If, after careful consideration, you think it important to cite an article in Wikipedia, it is recommended that you link to a permalink of a particular stable version of a page using the following steps.
Wikipedia has additional tools that may also help you to properly cite Wikipedia articles. Of course, it it recommended that the results of these tools be compared with the latest iteration of your disciplines style guide to meet the expectations of your course and/or discipline.
Wikipedia:Citing Wikipedia - This page is regularly updated with recommendations for citing Wikipedia pages, including sample works cited entries in APA, MLA, Chicago styles, and others.
Cite this page - This tool allows you to search for a particular page, then provides citational information, and citations by style.
Help:Permanent link - Additional documentation on how to find and use permalinks or stable urls.