Navigating Wikipedia and Wikipedia Articles Wisely

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Navigating Wikipedia and Wikipedia Articles Wisely

  1. 1. Navigating Wikipedia and Wikipedia Articles Wisely The Unquiet Library August 2012 1Image Source: Microsoft Clip Art Gallery Image
  2. 2. DO… Use Wikipedia to learn the basic information about a new subject or to build some basic background knowledge. It is a starting point. Use the information you find to then discover/use alternate, more scholarly sources. Assess all information in an article.Source: http://libguides.tamuk.edu/content.php?pid=164882&sid=1390945&search_terms=evaluating+Wikipedia 2
  3. 3. DON’T… Use Wikipedia as your only or primary source of information. Treat the information in the article as authoritative facts. Fail to investigate the source list at the end of the article—this can be a “jumping off” point for other possible sources.Source: http://libguides.tamuk.edu/content.php?pid=164882&sid=1390945&search_terms=evaluating+Wikipedia 3
  4. 4. Featured Content 4
  5. 5. Featured articles are considered tobe the best articles Wikipedia hasto offer as determinedby Wikipedias editors A small bronze star icon () on the top right corner of an articles page indicates that the article is featured Articles are evaluated for accuracy, neutrality, completeness, and style 5
  6. 6. Anatomy of Wikipedia Articles 6
  7. 7. See alsoReferencesFurther ReadingExternal LinksDate Published or UpdatedCleanup Notes 7
  8. 8. Article Section: See AlsoProvides a list additional articles in Wikipediafor reading and investigation 8
  9. 9. Article Section: ReferencesA list web and print resources referenced inthis article 9
  10. 10. Article Section: Further ReadingA section of suggestions for additional readingoutside of Wikipedia 10
  11. 11. Article Section: External LinksA list of suggested web links to browse outsideof Wikipedia 11
  12. 12. NOTE: all external sources and links should be evaluated for accuracy and credibility;their inclusion does not automatically meanthey are trustworthy sources of information. 12
  13. 13. Date Published or Updatedsuggested web links to browse outside ofWikipedia 13
  14. 14. Cleanup Templates/Notes 14Image Source: Microsoft Clip Art Gallery Image
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  17. 17. Talk Tab of an Article A discussion of issues and/or history of the article A place to see the “grade” or evaluation of the article from Wikipedia editors 17Image Source: Microsoft Clip Art Gallery Image
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  22. 22. View the History of an Article 22Image Source: Microsoft Clip Art Gallery Image
  23. 23. The revision history statistics canshow us interesting editorial data 23
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  25. 25. CC image viahttp://www.flickr.com/photos/xjrlokix/5097846224/sizes/l/in/photostream/ 25
  26. 26. Q&A Q&ACC image via http://www.flickr.com/photos/f-oxymoron/5005673112/sizes/l/in/faves-10557450@N04/ 26

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