Things My Professor Never Told Me About Wikipedia

In defense of the site you’re not supposed to cite

Jake Orlowitz
A Wikipedia Librarian
5 min readDec 4, 2017

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Have you ever had to defend Wikipedia to a professor (or a parent or friend)? This collection of published studies and reports may help make the case for a more enlightened (but still critical) use of the world’s most popular reference website. Wikipedia is a uniquely comprehensive, freely accessible, regularly reliable, well-referenced *starting point* for further research — so use it wisely.

Wikimedia Commons

Away From Stigma

The first step is admitting that everyone, from students to doctors, uses Wikipedia. We need to change the conversation from one of abstinence to intelligent information consumption.

“Using Wikipedia to Teach Information Literacy”, College and Undergraduate Libraries

“Wikipedia is increasingly becoming the go-to reference resource for the newest generation of students…Librarians and faculty should help remove the stigma associated with Wikipedia by embracing this Website and its imperfections as a way to make information literacy instruction valuable for the twenty-first-century student.”

“Wikipedia and the University, a case study”, Teaching in

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Jake Orlowitz
A Wikipedia Librarian

Internet citizen. Founder of The Wikipedia Library. Seeker of well people and sane societies. Read my book: welcometothecircle.net