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Evaluating Health and Medical Information on Wikipedia

Class Details

The circulation of misinformation online can be damaging to public health. English Wikipedia is the eighth most-visited website in the U.S. How accurate and authoritative are health information articles on Wikipedia? Join this webinar to sharpen your information literacy skills with a walk through of the inner workings of Wikipedia. This webinar gives special attention to health and medical information articles, fringe theories, and controversial topics covered in the news. You can gain an insiders’ perspective on the editorial process of Wikipedia to confidently evaluate the quality of health and medical information articles and content on the popular free online encyclopedia.


By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

- Describe the Wikipedia community and editorial processes
- Understand core content policies and the quality of health information articles and content on Wikipedia
- Evaluate coverage of fringe theories and controversies

Speaker Information

Monika S. Jones, PhD, is an expert in digital culture studies. She has edited Wikipedia since 2012 and leads Wikipedia training courses, workshops, and webinars for library staff, academics, and undergraduates. She has published popular press articles and book chapters about the benefits of engaging with Wikipedia for equity in information access and digital literacy skills. In 2017-18, she was the OCLC Wikipedian-in-Residence. Learn more at www.monikasjones.com.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Region/Office: National
Oct 14, 2020
2:00PM - 3:00PM ET

Online health misinformation is a widespread problem, with false or misleading information about both longstanding health concerns like cancer and emergent situations like the COVID-19 pandemic spreading across the internet at a rapid pace. Sometimes questionable health information is obvious, but it can also be difficult to recognize and can potentially reach millions of people. This series brings expert speakers to discuss various aspects of online health misinformation, how to identify it, and how to help curb its spread.


After listening to the guest speaker and participating in webinar chat and polls, participants will be able to :

  1. Identify aspects of misinformation and its effect on online health information
  2. Recognize the impact of misinformation on health literacy
  3. Describe and reflect on the effectiveness of methods used to curb the spread of health misinformation in online environments