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Wikipedia: Beneath the Surface

Wikipedia: Beneath the Surface

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?"


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Michelle Franz
Michelle Franz (Administrator)
9 years ago

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 Because the focus is general in nature it is not outdated.

Technical Remarks:

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
Sally Robertson
Sally Robertson (Librarian)
13 years ago
Excellent explanation of what a Wiki is, and why wikipedia should not be relied on for scholarly research.
Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 15 min.