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Doing Research: Who Do You Trust?

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by Seth Allen on 12 September 2013

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Transcript of Doing Research: Who Do You Trust?

Wikipedia and
the 'Facts'

What Does Wikipedia Say Today?
What is Wikipedia?
Just look at the disclaimers:
"We Don't Expect You to Trust Us"
"We Don't Have Firm Rules about Editing/Adding Info"
"Wikipedia is not censored"
"Use Wikipedia at Your Own Risk"
"Wikipedia Doesn't Provide Medical/Legal Advice/Accurate Information"


OH CRAAP,
Now What???
Using Wikipedia Wisely


It's easy to change articles in Wikipedia- just log in and you have the right to change just about any article.

Let's start a fire, shall we?

Currency
Relevance
Authority
Accuracy
Purpose
What to do when
the CRAAP hits the fan.....
ProQuest is a good replacement for Wikipedia.
http://www.bryan.edu/library.html

And if you need help sorting
this CRAAP out, we're here to help
Now's let discuss Wikipedia in groups
Bottom Line: Consume With Caution
Wikipedia is a good tool for finding more about a topic, but not reliable enough to cite on an academic paper
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Ten_things_you_may_not_know_about_Wikipedia#We_do_not_expect_you_to_trust_us
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:No_disclaimers_in_articles
Seth Allen & Ms. Vonnie Johnson
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