Evaluating Wikipedia

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When you see a Wikipedia entry, how do you evaluate it? Did you know that Wikipedia articles are graded? Some are locked? When, why, and how should you use Wikipedia and when shouldn't you use Wikipedia?

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Evaluating Wikipedia

  1. 1. Evaluating Wikipedia What to look for
  2. 2. “Reforestation” • Check for any Warning Box • Find keywords
  3. 3. Click “Talk” Tab
  4. 4. Each Article has a Class Assigned How good is a “C” or a “Start” Class?  See Quality Scale
  5. 5. Quality Scale FA (Featured Article) is the Best Stub the Worst C and Start Class articles are quite limited—not to be used for any information— possibly for keywords or outside links
  6. 6. Another example…
  7. 7. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) Article is “Locked” to prevent editing vandalism—happens with controversial topics
  8. 8. Click Talk Note Table of Contents
  9. 9. Lots of Action! Currently a B Class  Previously a Good Article (GA) Class Working to regain GA Class
  10. 10. Quality Scale
  11. 11. Another Example….
  12. 12. Leningrad première of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7 This is a FA Class Article—the best
  13. 13. Talk  Peer reviewed FA in every WikiProject
  14. 14. Date Promoted from Good to Featured Class
  15. 15. Featured Articles Explanation
  16. 16. Remember to…  Be alert for Warning Box  something’s wrong!  Note of article lock  controversial  Click “Talk” Tab  Look for Quality Scale Rating  Limit use for terms and overview to B Class or better  FA (Featured Articles) are tops—less than 4,000 Wikipedia articles are FA

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