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Critical Views of Wikipedia

Use what you already know about the services and resources offered at the library to find one of the following articles about Wikipedia:

Giles, Jim.  "Internet encyclopaedias go head to head." Nature  438, no. 7070 (December 15, 2005): 900-1.

Wallace, Danny P., and Connie Van Fleet. "The Democratization of Information? Wikipedia as a Reference Resource" Reference & User Services Quarterly 45, no. 2 (2005): 100-03.

Waters, Neil L. "Why You Can't Cite Wikipedia in My Class." Communications of the ACM 50, no. 9 (2007): 15-17.

Read the article of your choice from the list above, then write a one or two paragraph summary that answers the following:

  • Why did you choose the article that you selected?

  • How did you go about finding the article?

  • What is Wikipedia and why is it relevant?

  • What is the article’s thesis or its main arguments regarding Wikipedia?

  • Based on this article and on your own experiences, would you trust the information that you find on Wikipedia for writing a paper for a college course?

Be prepared to discuss your answers in class.

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