Research and Learning Services took part in the #1Lib1Ref campaign this morning, celebrating Wikipedia’s 15th birthday by adding 32 new citations to the online encyclopaedia!
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Many Wikipedia articles have a ‘citation needed’ tag (350,000 in the English language version alone), meaning they contain assertions which are not backed up by evidence. We used the Citation Hunt tool to locate these articles and added citations using reliable sources such as journals, books and official websites. As the tool provides the editor with a completely random article, our citations covered a diverse and occasionally bizarre range of topics, including:
As well as editing random articles like these, we also identified existing pages for University of Edinburgh alumni, such as Dame Honor Fell, and added links to their digitised PhD theses in ERA, our online repository.
We’ll be doing more Wikipedia editing with colleagues from across the University of Edinburgh during Innovative Learning Week:, so make sure you join us! http://www.innovativelearning.ed.ac.uk/creating-open-body-knowledge-history-medicine-wikipedia-editathon-1
Articles edited today: