Wikipedia may provide accurate background information, but it must be verified and should not be cited as a source. The bibliographies and related links that follow Wikipedia entries can be very useful and reliable sources that are often appropriate to cite in research papers.
TIPS on using Wikipedia efficiently and wisely - See tutorial below.
Crash Course - Navigating Digital Information #3
Look to your left. Look to your right. Look at this video. Today, John Green is going to teach you how to read laterally, using multiple tabs in your browser to look stuff up and fact check as you read. Real-time fact-checking can help you figure out what's real and what's not on the internet. (2019)