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Why do encyclopedias matter?
Isn't it true that you can't cite an encyclopedia in a research paper?
What's the point of a source you can't cite?
It's true that you shouldn't cite an encyclopedia in a research paper, but that's not what encyclopedias are for. Encyclopedias are for background information -- information that you need in order to start your research. Whatever your research topic might be, a good encyclopedia article can give you all of the following:
That's why encyclopedias are important, and why Wikipedia is important. When you write a Wikipedia article, you're jumpstarting other people's research, all around the world.