Wikipedia and  Biomedical Research?
<ul><li>Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Hawaiian word for quick or fast; </li></ul><ul><li>A type of collaborative Web page, which ...
About Wikipedia Articles Articles are  never finished  products  and many are  incomplete .
About Wikipedia Articles <ul><ul><li>Vandalism is common,  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>requiring policing &  </li></ul></ul...
Curious About Article Revisions? <ul><li>History of edits are kept forever.  </li></ul><ul><li>Click the “history” tab to ...
Citing Wikipedia Articles? <ul><li>Use the  Permanent Link : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>click on “Permanent Link” in the toolbo...
Wikipedia Disclaimers “… no warranty whatsoever is made  that any of the articles are accurate.” http://en.wikipedia.org/w...
Wikipedia on Researching on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Researching_with_Wikipedia You must always  u...
<ul><li>For most academic research, Wikipedia is acceptable: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>As a  starting point ;  </li></ul></ul>...
Information should  always  be  verified  with a credible source. Author Purpose Objectivity Accuracy Currency Links Relia...
<ul><li>For  Biomedical Research , </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia is usually  not a credible  resource when used on its own. ...
Wikipedia broken down Credibility   Factors Wikipedia Author Anonymous, no credentials Purpose Too variable, ideally educa...
Cytomegalovirus Article in Wikipedia Obvious Errors
Vandalized Version Corrected Version
<ul><li>The best DML Resource depends on your question. Here are a few options: </li></ul>Clinical Questions Patient Info....
Looking for… Drug Information / Interactions Free Free Credible Content Questionable Content MedlinePlus Wikipedia MICROME...
Clinical Questions Treatment | Diagnosis | Prognosis | Etiology  Free Questionable Content Wikipedia Anonymous, Unreliable...
Patient Information Health Consumer Free Questionable Content Wikipedia Anonymous, Unreliable Authors Free Credible Conten...
Two Studies about Wikipedia and Biomedical Research
<ul><ul><li>Kevin A. Clauson, Hyla H. Polen, Maged N. Kamel Boulos, and Joan H. Dzenowagis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The ...
Scope, Completeness, and Accuracy of Drug Information in Wikipedia <ul><ul><li>The Annals of Pharmacology  42 (12), Decemb...
<ul><li>Compared to Medscape Drug Reference, Wikipedia = </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is more  narrow in scope </li></ul></ul><ul...
Wikipedia in a Health Sciences Context <ul><ul><li>JMLA Case Studies in Health Sciences Librarianship </li></ul></ul><ul><...
Wikipedia in a Health Sciences Context http://jmlacasestudies.blogspot.com/2006/11/wikipedia-in-health-sciences-context.ht...
<ul><li>To summarize, Wikipedia articles related to the study featured:  </li></ul>Wikipedia in a Health Sciences Context ...
Summary:  How Should Wikipedia Be Used? <ul><li>Acceptable  for most academic research: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>As a  starti...
<ul><li>Identifying appropriate library resources for biomedical research? </li></ul><ul><li>Contact a Librarian  </li></u...
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  1. 1. Wikipedia and Biomedical Research?
  2. 2. <ul><li>Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Hawaiian word for quick or fast; </li></ul><ul><li>A type of collaborative Web page, which can be edited by anyone who granted access.† </li></ul><ul><li>Pedia </li></ul><ul><li>From the Latin meaning “the circle of learning; a general course of instruction.”* </li></ul>Wikipedia Defined *http://dictionary.oed.com/cgi/entry/50074848? † http://dictionary.oed.com/cgi/entry/50293088?
  3. 3. About Wikipedia Articles Articles are never finished products and many are incomplete .
  4. 4. About Wikipedia Articles <ul><ul><li>Vandalism is common, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>requiring policing & </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>protection. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Articles can be locked from editing, due to vandals & controversial or biased content. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Curious About Article Revisions? <ul><li>History of edits are kept forever. </li></ul><ul><li>Click the “history” tab to view all revisions & compare different versions. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Citing Wikipedia Articles? <ul><li>Use the Permanent Link : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>click on “Permanent Link” in the toolbox; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>copy the URL in the Address Bar. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Wikipedia Disclaimers “… no warranty whatsoever is made that any of the articles are accurate.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Medical_disclaimer
  8. 8. Wikipedia on Researching on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Researching_with_Wikipedia You must always use additional sources to support your research!
  9. 9. <ul><li>For most academic research, Wikipedia is acceptable: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>As a starting point ; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To learn about background information or a specific term ; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To discover links to outside resources . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>But… </li></ul></ul>Using Wikipedia for Research?
  10. 10. Information should always be verified with a credible source. Author Purpose Objectivity Accuracy Currency Links Reliability & Credibility
  11. 11. <ul><li>For Biomedical Research , </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia is usually not a credible resource when used on its own. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Wikipedia broken down Credibility Factors Wikipedia Author Anonymous, no credentials Purpose Too variable, ideally educational Objectivity Attempts neutrality, but under constant debate Accuracy Cannot guarantee accuracy Reliability & Credibility Too variable Currency Not regularly updated Links Supporting evidence not always present
  13. 13. Cytomegalovirus Article in Wikipedia Obvious Errors
  14. 14. Vandalized Version Corrected Version
  15. 15. <ul><li>The best DML Resource depends on your question. Here are a few options: </li></ul>Clinical Questions Patient Info. Drug Info.
  16. 16. Looking for… Drug Information / Interactions Free Free Credible Content Questionable Content MedlinePlus Wikipedia MICROMEDEX Paid by DML Authoritative Authors Credible Content Authoritative Authors Anonymous, Unreliable Authors
  17. 17. Clinical Questions Treatment | Diagnosis | Prognosis | Etiology Free Questionable Content Wikipedia Anonymous, Unreliable Authors Free Credible Content Professional Associations Authoritative Authors DML Resource Paid by DML Authoritative Authors Credible Content
  18. 18. Patient Information Health Consumer Free Questionable Content Wikipedia Anonymous, Unreliable Authors Free Credible Content Academic Health Centers Authoritative Authors .gov & .org Free Authoritative Authors Credible Content
  19. 19. Two Studies about Wikipedia and Biomedical Research
  20. 20. <ul><ul><li>Kevin A. Clauson, Hyla H. Polen, Maged N. Kamel Boulos, and Joan H. Dzenowagis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Annals of Pharmacology 42 (12), December 2008. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.theannals.com/cgi/content/full/42/12/1814 </li></ul></ul>Scope, Completeness, and Accuracy of Drug Information in Wikipedia
  21. 21. Scope, Completeness, and Accuracy of Drug Information in Wikipedia <ul><ul><li>The Annals of Pharmacology 42 (12), December 2008. </li></ul></ul>Results Factor Medscape Drug Reference Wikipedia Ability to Answer Question 82.5% 40% Dosing Information Available 90% 0% Completeness of Article 95.5% 76%
  22. 22. <ul><li>Compared to Medscape Drug Reference, Wikipedia = </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is more narrow in scope </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is less complete </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Has more errors of omission </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>May be a useful point of engagement for consumers, but is not authoritative and should only be a supplemental source of drug information.” </li></ul></ul>Scope, Completeness, and Accuracy of Drug Information in Wikipedia <ul><ul><li>The Annals of Pharmacology 42 (12), December 2008. </li></ul></ul>Conclusion
  23. 23. Wikipedia in a Health Sciences Context <ul><ul><li>JMLA Case Studies in Health Sciences Librarianship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tuesday, November 07, 2006 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://jmlacasestudies.blogspot.com/2006/11/wikipedia-in-health-sciences-context.html </li></ul></ul>Librarians used Wikipedia to look at medical topics that were part of a clinical case study.
  24. 24. Wikipedia in a Health Sciences Context http://jmlacasestudies.blogspot.com/2006/11/wikipedia-in-health-sciences-context.html Results Medical Topic Wikipedia Entry Respiratory failure “… not clinically useful as the information presented is sparse and not clinically detailed.” Acinetobacter “… no external reference is provided for independent verification. One section of the entry is marked as needing considerable re-write.” Chronic Liver Failure “ It clearly lacks the needed information in context to the clinical question.”
  25. 25. <ul><li>To summarize, Wikipedia articles related to the study featured: </li></ul>Wikipedia in a Health Sciences Context <ul><ul><li>“… unsupported statements, widely varying level of detail, and problems with clinical relevance or direct applicability to clinical questions…” </li></ul></ul>http://jmlacasestudies.blogspot.com/2006/11/wikipedia-in-health-sciences-context.html
  26. 26. Summary: How Should Wikipedia Be Used? <ul><li>Acceptable for most academic research: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>As a starting point ; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To learn about background information or a specific term ; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To discover links to outside resources . </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Not Acceptable : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For Biomedical Research as the sole resource . </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Instead, use the many authoritative DML resources to answer your clinical questions. </li></ul>
  27. 27. <ul><li>Identifying appropriate library resources for biomedical research? </li></ul><ul><li>Contact a Librarian </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In Person , at the Information Services Desk, between 8am and 8pm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Telephone : 202-687-1448 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Email : dmlreference@georgetown.edu </li></ul></ul>Need Help…

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