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Don't cite Wikipedia, write Wikipedia!


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Information literacy & the importance of reliable sources - edited presentation given to Glasgow Caledonian University Library staff in February 2018.

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Don't cite Wikipedia, write Wikipedia!

  1. 1. Don’t cite Wikipedia, write Wikipedia! Information Literacy & the importance of reliable sources Glasgow Caledonian University Monday 5th February 2018 Sara Thomas, Wikimedian in Residence, SLIC @lirazelf
  2. 2. “Wikipedia is the single greatest Open Education resource the world has ever seen” Jim Groom, Instructional technologist, speaking at #OER16
  3. 3. Wikipedia is more accurate than you think ● Quality & ratings scale ● Vandalism picked up quickly ● Study by Nature in 2005, found Wiki nearly as accurate as Britannica ● Journal of Clinical Oncology, 2010 found Wiki as accurate as Physician Data Query.
  4. 4. Notability General notability guideline: If a topic has received significant coverage in reliable sources that are independent of the subject, it is presumed to be suitable for a stand- alone article or list.
  5. 5. Verifiability Other people using the encyclopedia must be able to check that the information comes from a reliable source
  6. 6. Identifying reliable sources Articles should be based on reliable, third party published sources with a reputation for fact-checking and accuracy.
  7. 7. Don’t believe everything you read on the internet
  8. 8. CC-BY-SA
  9. 9. Using Wikipedia in the classroom
  10. 10. Student reflections Students respond well to this sharing of open knowledge in a real world application of teaching and learning. Aine Kavanagh’s article on High Grade Serous carcinoma has been viewed 20,000 times in a year... (Screengrab omitted for licensing reasons)
  11. 11. Thanks! Sara Thomas @lirazelf