Using Wikipedia to teach information literacy

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Using Wikipedia to teach information literacy
Authors: Eric Jennings [edit item]
Citation: College & Undergraduate Libraries 13 : 13. 2008 May.
Publication type: Journal article
Peer-reviewed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1080/10691310802554895.
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Using Wikipedia to teach information literacy is a publication by Eric Jennings.


[edit] Abstract

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.

[edit] Research questions

"many 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 student."

Research details

Topics: Cross-domain student readership, Student information literacy [edit item]
Domains: Education [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [edit item]
Theories: "Undetermined" [edit item]
Research design: Conceptual [edit item]
Data source: N/A [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: N/A [edit item]
Unit of analysis: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia language: N/A [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"If 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."

[edit] Comments

"Librarians should be educating students on the proper use of all information sources, including Wikipedia."


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AbstractIn 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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Collected data time dimensionN/A +
CommentsLibrarians should be educating students on the proper use of all information sources, including Wikipedia.
ConclusionIf 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.
Data sourceN/A +
Doi10.1080/10691310802554895 +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Using%2BWikipedia%2Bto%2Bteach%2Binformation%2Bliteracy%22 +
Has authorEric Jennings +
Has domainEducation +
Has topicCross-domain student readership + and Student information literacy +
MonthMay +
Pages13 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inCollege & Undergraduate Libraries +
Research designConceptual +
Research questionsmany 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 student.able for the twenty-first-century student.
Revid11,021 +
TheoriesUndetermined
Theory typeAnalysis +
TitleUsing Wikipedia to teach information literacy
Unit of analysisN/A +
Urlhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10691310802554895 +
Volume13 +
Wikipedia coverageMain topic +
Wikipedia data extractionN/A +
Wikipedia languageN/A +
Wikipedia page typeN/A +
Year2008 +