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Since its inception in 2001, Wikipedia has grown to become the largest and most popular reference source in the world. Contrary to the idea that it lives in the Internet’s Wild West, this resource has robust infrastructure, with editorial guidelines, processes, and dedicated volunteers who help to make Wikipedia an invaluable information source for learning about almost any topic. Of course, it’s also true that not every Wikipedia article is reliable, and that the quality and depth of articles ranges. The crowdsourced nature of Wikipedia, along with its extensive editorial processes, make it not only a powerful (albeit imperfect) reference source, but also a rich tool for teaching critical source evaluation and critical understandings of how online information is created, circulated, and negotiated. The presenter will highlight key concepts and strategies from their “Using Wikipedia Wisely” workshop that can be integrated into teaching critical inquiry and digital literacies across the curriculum.

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