Region 7 Presents - Evaluating Health Information on Wikipedia

Do you ever use Wikipedia for health information, even though you feel like you shouldn’t? Despite widespread skepticism of its value, studies have shown that the quality of information on Wikipedia is often similar to other encyclopedias.

In this webinar you will learn about Wikipedia’s biomedical content and the standards that guide its creation, how to evaluate health articles on Wikipedia, and how to use these articles as starting points for further research. 

Kelsey Cowles, MLIS, is a Research and Instruction Librarian at the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System. Her role is focused on interprofessional education and community engagement. She is particularly interested in health literacy, misinformation, and public engagement with science and health information. She has been a Wikipedian since 2019 and is the author of several publications about Wikipedia’s health information and efforts to improve it.

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Objectives:

After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

    1. Describe two benefits and two challenges of using Wikipedia as an information resource.
    2. Describe the standards that guide the creation of biomedical content on Wikipedia.
    3. Evaluate a Wikipedia health article for completeness and reliability.
    4. Use a Wikipedia health article as a starting point to locate further health information.

Class Details

Date(s): September 28, 2022
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
Platform: Zoom
CE Credits: 1.00
Class Experience Level: Beginner
This class is sponsored by Region 7.
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Class Contacts

Instructor: Bennie Finch
Technical Assistance: Sarah Dickey