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Biology Engages Wikipedia as a Resource

Biology Engages Wikipedia as a Resource

(Left to right; Ashley Downs, Kalee Pacion)

“Most students (and to be honest: so do I), first go to Wikipedia to learn about a new phenomenon.” – Dr. Mark Sarvary

Dr. Sarvary, along with librarians Ashley Downs and Kelee Pacion, together have created a course focused on developing Wikipedia as a true resource. Focusing on the scientific communication process, quality control, and academic integrity, the course educates students through the creation and editing of student selected biology stubs. More information on this course can be found here.

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Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon 2016

Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon 2016

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“It is a great way to teach scientific literacy. Instead of telling students not to rely on it, I wanted to teach them to evaluate the information, to edit and write reliable information.”– Dr. Mark Sarvary

Stemming from the precedent set by Dr. Sarvary’s BIOG 1250 Wikipedia course, Mann Library hosted an inventive campus event, a Wikipedia “Edit-a-Thon”, to encourage students to approach Wikipedia as a valid, useful tool when conducting research. Dr. Sarvary and the Mann Library staff are keen to promote strong scientific writing, communication, and in this case: quality control.

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