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Wikipedia/Zittrain: Some schools and universities have banned the citation of Wikipedia in student papers, (1) while signing up for plagiarism detection services like and automatic essay-grading tools like, which “uses computational intelligence strategies to grade students [sic] essays in seconds and respond with detailed, topic-specific feedback.”(2)

1. Middlebury College’s History Department banned the use of Wikipedia as a source in early 2007. See A Stand Against Wikipedia, INSIDE HIGHER ED., Jan. 26, 2007,; Noam Cohen, A History Department Bans Citing Wikipedia as a Research Source, N.Y. TIMES, Feb. 21, 2007, at B8, available at Other schools are frowning upon Wikipedia as a source as well. Matt Reilly, Source of the Problem, THE DAILY ORANGE, Apr. 2, 2007, available at
2. 19. SAGrader, IdeaWorks, (last visited May 22, 2007).

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