The Wikipedia Assignment

Step 1. You will sign up for a Wikipedia account.

Step 2. Please select from one of the following assignments:

a. You will select a Wikipedia article that you will improve.  You can select any article but it must fall into one of these four grading schemes: B article, C article, Start, or Stub.  The purpose of this is to let you get your feet wet with an article that does not already have extensive editing.  Select something that you are interested in or that will help you in another class.  You must submit your intended article for approval by the end of class on February 9th, 2011.

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b. You will create a Wikipedia on a topic of your choosing that does not already have a designated article.  You must submit your intended article topic for approval by the end of class on February 9th, 2011.

Step 3.

When you receive approval for your article, you must email me your Wikipedia username and the link to your article.  I do not want your password!  I will track your progress by following your edits.  Your username is attached to these edits.

Step 4.

You will improve your article with verifiable information from book sources.     Information  can come from a book,  e-book, or a subject encyclopedia.  You must list the bibliographic information for each of your sources in the references section of your article.  You have to use at least five separate book sources.  One of the five sources must be a subject encyclopedia.  You can add citation information for existing information if you find it, but at least four of your five pieces of information must be contributed by you.  This portion is due before class begins on March 23rd, 2011.

Step 5.

You will improve your article with verifiable information from periodical sources.     Information can come from a magazine,  newspaper, or a journal.  You must list the bibliographic information for each of your sources in the references section of your article.  You have to use at least five separate periodical sources.  One of the five sources must be a scholarly journal.  You can add citation information for existing information if you find it, but at least four of your five pieces of information must be contributed by you.  This portion is due before class begins on April 6th, 2011.

Step 6.

You will improve your article with verifiable information from the Internet.  Information  can come from any Internet source, but be careful and evaluate the information before you use it in your article!  You must list the URL for each of your sources in the external links section of your article.  You have to use at least five separate Internet sources.  You can add citation information for existing information if you find it, but at least four of your five pieces of information must be contributed by you.  You may contribute images to fulfill this portion of the assignment but you must make sure that you follow the guidelines on Wikipedia’s Image Use Policy.  There is a portion of the Policy titled Requirements.  If you fulfill those requirements, the image that you use will count as one source.  This portion is due before class begins on April 20th, 2011.

Have fun.  You are contributing to the world’s largest online encyclopedia!

One Response to “The Wikipedia Assignment”

  1. Jim says:

    This is amazing, I love frame for this assignment, and I think the timing and focus on research various resources for a Wikipedia article of their choice, within boundaries, is perfect approach for this course. Now I just have to brush up on citing and references in Wikipedia. Need to learn that wikipedia markup and style guidelines.

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