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Monday, February 5, 2007

545 Law Review Articles Cite Wikipedia

Last week, we blogged stories on whether students or courts should cite, and law professors should write for, Wikipedia.  The New York Times reports that "[m]ore than 100 judicial rulings have relied on Wikipedia, beginning in 2004, including 13 from circuit courts of appeal, one step below the Supreme Court. (The Supreme Court thus far has never cited Wikipedia.)"

I asked my crack research assistant, Drew Marksity, to determine how many times law professors have cited Wikipedia in law review articles.  Using Westlaw's JLR database, Drew found that 545 articles cite Wikipedia.  (An additional 125 articles mention Wikipedia but do not cite it as authority.)   

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Comments

The question is how many of those citations were to "wikipedia as a source of information" as opposed to "wikipedia is an example of such and such phenomenon in American culture"-type citations.

Posted by: Jason | Feb 5, 2007 7:21:50 AM

@Jason. 545 articles cite Wikipedia. 125 additional articles mention it.

Posted by: Markus | Feb 8, 2007 8:36:57 PM

Yikes.

Posted by: Ched | May 6, 2008 2:28:27 PM