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Using Wikipedia - Video (2019)

14-min. video by John Green and Crash Course. "Wikipedia is often maligned by teachers and Twitter trolls alike as an unreliable source. And yes, it does sometimes have major errors and omissions, but Wikipedia is also the Internet's largest general reference work and as such an incredibly powerful tool. Today we'll discuss using Wikipedia for good - to help us get a birds-eye view of content, better evaluate information with lateral reading, and find trustworthy primary sources."

chapters include: introduction, what is Wikipedia, using Wikipedia, and Transparency (5:27)

Internet Searching Tips

You can locate credible resources (for free) using the library collections. If you choose to search the internet, consider using Google Scholar. Otherwise, plan time to check the credibility of anything you find. Use the information here to become a better evaluator of online information.

Check out the Internet search tips in the guide below.

Evaluate Like a Fact Checker - Use Lateral Reading

This 3:30 video was produced by the University of Louisville's library. It introduces lateral reading and demonstrates how to use lateral reading to evaluate websites.

Who Can You Trust - Crash Course Video

Learn more about Lateral Reading in John Green's 13-minute video. It is part of a larger Crash Course on Navigating Digital Information.

This 2019 video demonstrates how to assess the sources of information you find on the internet. The growing suspicion of expertise is a growing problem on the internet, and it can be very difficult to figure out which sources are authoritative. In this episode John offers some strategies to help you identify credible sources and take into account a source's point of view.

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