"Students know there is an inherent unreliablity, as it's open edited. We're not trying to hide that.Academics to 'embrace Wikipedia'
"But it's a place where you can orientate yourself when you start a topic.
"The quality has improved and the readability is often second to none," he says.
But Mr Patel says there is a real gap in knowledge about how this free resource is being used.
Rather than swapping anecdotes about the use of Wikipedia, he says his group wants to move to a more evidence-based discussion about the place of Wikipedia in universities.
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