Presentation on theme: " A wiki is a collaborative Web site that combines the collective work of many authors. A wiki allows anyone to edit, delete or modify content that."— Presentation transcript:
A wiki is a collaborative Web site that combines the collective work of many authors. A wiki allows anyone to edit, delete or modify content that has been placed on the Web site … including the work of previous authors.
Wikipedia is open to the public, therefore anyone with an Internet connection is free to anonymously contribute by either adding a new article or editing a previous author’s work.
“At the Wikimedia Foundation, we do our best to provide educational and informational content to a very wide audience, but your use of our services is at your sole risk… We make no warranty that our services will meet your requirements, be safe, secure, uninterrupted, timely, accurate, or error-free, or that your information will be secure.”
“Wikipedia is an online open-content collaborative encyclopedia; …Please be advised that nothing found here has necessarily been reviewed by people with the expertise required to provide you with complete, accurate or reliable information.” “Wikipedia cannot guarantee the validity of the information found here. The content of any given article may recently have been changed, vandalized or altered by someone whose opinion does not correspond with the state of knowledge in the relevant fields.” “It is in the nature of an ever-changing work like Wikipedia that, while some articles are of the highest quality of scholarship, others are admittedly complete rubbish. We are fully aware of this.”
Often, articles without citations (for example, articles that appear incomplete or that may not be neutral in their viewpoint) are labeled as such by a banner at the top of the page. This allows other editors to look for and pick up the slack, and for readers to be aware that the given article is unreliable. Ex:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantinadahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantinada
Wikipedia Founder Discourages Academic Use of His Creation By Jeffrey R. Young Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia compiled by a distributed network of volunteers, has often come under attack by academics as being shoddy and full of inaccuracies……
Young, Jeffrey R. "Wikipedia Founder Discourages Academic Use of His Creation." Wired Campus. The Chronicle of Higher Education, 12 June 2006. Web. 01 Oct. 2012.
Use the site as a stepping stone Check out article citations "I do not permit my students to cite Wikipedia as a source," says Karl Kehm, associate professor of physics at Washington College.
If you’re having trouble finding reputable sites on your topic, go to Wikipedia and look at the sources cited at the bottom of the article. Find the sources that look the most reliable, and visit them to gather your information.
Find a reliable website on your topic and create a citation for it in Easy Bib. Copy and paste it to your Works Cited page. Try to get at least 3-5 citations from highly reliable sources. *Authority and Accuracy *Purpose and Content *Currency *Design, Organization and Ease of Use *Evaluating Web Sites: A Checklist