Why you can't cite Wikipedia in my class

@article{Waters2007WhyYC,
  title={Why you can't cite Wikipedia in my class},
  author={Neil L. Waters},
  journal={Commun. ACM},
  year={2007},
  volume={50},
  pages={15-17}
}
The online encyclopedia's method of adding information risks conflating facts with popular opinion. 

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Waters (nwaters@middlebury.edu) is a professor of history and the Kawashima Professor of Japanese Studies in the Department of History at Middlebury College
  • Waters (nwaters@middlebury.edu) is a professor of history and the Kawashima Professor of Japanese Studies in the Department of History at Middlebury College