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Wikipedia: Beneath the Surface


Wikipedia: Beneath the Surface

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This 6 minute animation introduces viewers to what goes on behind-the-scenes of Wikipedia so they can make the best use of the information they find. It focuses on questions such as "what is a wiki?" "How does information get into Wikipedia in the first place?" and "Who creates it?" 
Material Type: Animation
Technical Format: Flash
Date Added to MERLOT: March 12, 2009
Date Modified in MERLOT: September 22, 2015
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Submitter: Kim Duckett
Keywords: libraries, library, information, library science, information science, Wikipedia, information literacy


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Primary Audience: High School, College General Ed, College Lower Division, College Upper Division, Graduate School, Professional
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Technical Requirements: Requires the latest version of the Flash Player.
Language: English
Cost Involved: no
Source Code Available: unsure
Accessiblity Information Available: unsure
Creative Commons: Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States


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Avatar for Michelle Franz
3 years ago

Michelle Franz (Administrator)

Cleanly designed with appropriate visuals that exemplify the points being made by the narrator.  Content focuses on basic information about what Wikipedia is, it's role in providing information, and basic technical aspects.  It will be an excellent resource for not only library websites but also to be included in courses that require research components as part of the overall grade. Because the focus is general in nature it is not outdated.

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The video is embedded in the source instituion's webpage.  Accessed using Firefox 15.0.1 on a Mac running OS 10.8.2 I had no problem streaming the material.  It did not require buffering (I'm on a high speed internet connection) nor did it stall out at any point.

Time spent reviewing site: 15 minutes

Avatar for Sally Robertson
7 years ago

Sally Robertson (Librarian)

Excellent explanation of what a Wiki is, and why wikipedia should not be relied on for scholarly research.
Time spent reviewing site: 15 min.
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