Friday, January 21, 2011

Proper use of Wikipedia during third quarter research project

Students during our annual third quarter research project should not use Wikipedia as a source, but it does not mean they should avoid Wikipedia.

In fact, Wikipedia is an important internet destination.

The links at the bottom of Wikipedia pages provide leads to solid resources for your paper. Make sure that you not only check the outside links that are listed, but also the links provided in the footnotes section.

In addition to checking out the Wikipedia page for whatever your subject may be, you should also look at Wikipedia pages for people you come across during your research.

For instance, those researching the Little Rock Nine should also examine the Wikipedia pages for Ernest Green, Daisy Bates, Minnijean Brown, and Orval Faubus, among others.

Those researching the Montgomery Bus Boycott should look at Wikipedia pages for Rosa Parks, Claudette Colvin, E. W. Nixon, and Martin Luther King.

Wikipedia is one of the best friends a serious researcher can have.

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