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A guide on using Wikipedia for study and research for staff and students

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Why Wikipedia?

Wikipedia is consistently listed as one of the top ten visited websites in the world. It provides translated information in more than 275 languages, a greater list of languages than Google translate or World Health Organisation publications. 

Writing for Wikipedia is a collaborative, peer reviewed project at a basic level. Exercising these skills may assist your later academic work.  Editing and improving existing pages is contributes to a better information environment, particularly for people without access to traditionally published sources. Your expertise will reach many. 

Use Wikipedia to:

  • Gain a quick overview of topics, particularly cultural phenomenon or for an approachable introduction to unfamiliar topics.
  • Navigate quickly to linked information from in text links or article references, including resources in the UoM library on some pages. 
  • Network with academics and researchers in your field.

Keep the following points in mind when using Wikipedia:

Wikipedia reflects the biases of its contributors. However, as the contributor group is large and disparate, these biases can be inconsistent. For controversial or topical subject areas, users can read the Revision History (link in upper right next to search box) to view recent amendments and related discussion. 

Example Revision History - Hawaiian Pizza