When I was in University, any time a paper was due, the teacher would explicitly express that Wikipedia was not a legitimate source.  I have always found Wikipedia to be very informative and useful for doing reports, but I knew I could not site it or I would fail that paper.  The solution to my problem was extremely simple.

At the bottom of every wikipedia article are Notes, References and Further Reading.  I simply looked into a few of those and the citations passed as incredible good informational resources.

Don’t dismiss Wikipedia if you are in school, it will save you hours upon hours of research.  So yeah it is community bases, but in the world of information…what isn’t!?