What’s Up With Wikipedia? By Megann Fisher Block 2
Wait, what is Wikipedia?O Wikipedia is a free, web-based encyclopedia that anyone can edit and contribute to.
1 Pro & 1 Con of WikipediaO Pro: Wikipedia is monitored for accuracy and most articles do site reliable sources for the information presented.O Con: The person who writes the article may not know everything on the topic and not all entries can be reviewed before someone finds it.
So, how exactly do you use it?? O When you’re using Wikipedia, you want to make sure the article is a good one, so you want to make sure you use the 5 W’s system.
Who?Ask yourself these questions:O Who is the author?O Is there in depth information about the author?O Is there contact information for the author?
What?O What kind of information are you getting?O Is the information biased?O More than 1 point of view?O Is the information neutral?O Is it thorough & well organized?O Complete and consistent?O Well Written?O Copyright status?
Where?O Where is the link/website from?O To find out where it’s from use the domain name as a reference.
When?O Is the information current?O Is there a reference date?O Does it show when the material was put online?O When was it last updated?O Do all the links work?
Why?O Why are you using this site?O Can you find the information faster somewhere else, including offline?O Does this material suit your needs?O Can you verify the information?
That’s all, folks!O The main thing you have you remember when using Wikipedia is to verify everything!O Wikipedia, when used correctly, can be a great tool to use for research.