Are encyclopedias (e.g. the Encyclopedia Britannica, the World Book Encyclopedia) a good source? Why or why not?
I have read this sentence from here:
References should have credibility in the domain (i.e. no encyclopedia, no source which may be biased, etc.) and should preferably be peer-reviewed literature.
I have also read this sentence from here...
...according to the encyclopedia britannica Ibn Fadi did not come to Cairo until 12 years after Musa Mansa...
...and have also encountered the Encyclopedia Britannica as a reference here.
Of course, just because some answers have used encyclopedias as references doesn't make it good practice. Thus, I would like to learn more. Additionally, the first quote makes it seem like encyclopedias are not credible. If this is the case, why?