Wikipedia vs. Encyclopedia

Submitted by Jennifer Masunaga on June 17th, 2015
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This assignment asks students to compare and contrast a Wikipedia article and an article from a subject specific Encyclopedia owned by the library. It asks the students to evaluate each resource by assessing its Relevance, Authority, Date, Accuracy and Rationale. Evaluation using these five criteria is known as the RADAR framework. Although the wikipedia article in this assignment is from biology, it can be switched out for any discipline.

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Learning Objectives: At the end of this assignment, the student should be able to 1. Recognize how Wikipedia and scholarly encyclopedias differ in content, authority and relevance to academia. 2. Learn how to check a Wikipedia article’s quality “grade”. 3. Use the RADAR framework to critically evaluate a background source.

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Masunaga, Jennifer. "Wikipedia vs. Encyclopedia." CORA (Community of Online Research Assignments), 2015.