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Using Wikipedia to teach information literacy
Abstract In May 2006, the University of Washington In May 2006, the University of Washington Libraries Digital Initiatives unit began a project to integrate the {UW} Libraries Digital Collections into the information workflow of our students by inserting links into the online encyclopedia Wikipedia. The idea for this project grew out of our reading of {OCLC's} 2005 report Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources which states that only 2\% of college and university students begin searching for information at a library Web site. It is, therefore, incumbent upon Librarians to look for new ways to reach out to our users where they begin their information search. The explosive growth of Wikipedia made it a prime candidate for our efforts at pushing information about the Libraries out to where users conduct their research. It should be noted here that our digital collections are already harvested and heavily used by people all over the world; in fact, Google and its affiliates are the top referrers of people to our collections.op referrers of people to our collections.
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Comments Librarians should be educating students on the proper use of all information sources, including Wikipedia.
Conclusion If librarians and faculty want to help stuIf librarians and faculty want to help students be successful in the information age, they need to help students become information literate. By utilizing Wikipedia as a teaching instrument, librarians can help remove the stigma from this resource and instill in students the tools and abilities necessary to be critical thinkers and lifelong learners in using all information sources.learners in using all information sources.
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Doi 10.1080/10691310802554895 +
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Has author Eric Jennings +
Has domain Education +
Has topic Cross-domain student readership + , Student information literacy +
Month May  +
Pages 13  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in College & Undergraduate Libraries +
Research design Conceptual  +
Research questions many students do not know about the problemany students do not know about the problems (e.g., vandalism) associated with this tool other than ambiguous warnings from librarians and faculty who say that it should not be used for research. Librarians and faculty should help remove the stigma associated with Wikipedia by embracing this Website and its imperfections as a way to make information literacy instruction valuable for the twenty-first-century for the twenty-first-century student.
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Theory type Analysis  +
Title Using Wikipedia to teach information literacy
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Volume 13  +
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Year 2008  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:32:28  +
Categories Cross-domain student readership  + , Student information literacy  + , Education  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:32:11  +
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