Many students assume that the online, free encyclopedia, Wikipedia is a valid, authoritative and useful reference source for their scholarly work as a student at NVCC. In this assignment, we will be examining just how authoritative (and stable) Wikipedia (aka wiki) is. First, you will examine a specific entry from wiki and check for changes that have occurred over a period of six months, then you will compare the information from the wiki entry with the information from an established reference source such as the Encyclopedia Britannica (EB).
Since you may have never really looked carefully at a wiki entry, I want you to look at my Explanation of Using Wikipedia before you start this paper assignment.
Wikipedia: good or bad? That is partly what you are answering in this assignment, but I would also like to point out that a wiki article is often an excellent starting point (not the end point) for research on a topic or a quick source of general information. For example, I often check wiki if I am looking for the birth or death date dates of a historical figure. A wiki article is especially valuable when it includes footnotes, citations of sources and suggested sources of further information (often in the form of external links). Finally, wiki articles can be extremely useful on topics of relatively newer currency. For example, in my (History of Russia II) course, I ask that students check the entry for the Beslan School Hostage crisis. This is an exceptional article–although its quality varies a bit from month to month. To make that kind of judgment about an article, it helps if you know something of the subject to begin with, but you can also examine the details of the article’s discussion and whether there are citations for the information.
This is a 1 page paper. double spaced
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