Verifiability, The Wikipedia Library, and the #1Lib1Ref campaign

Wikipedia has been , even though it to other credible reference sources, including Encyclopaedia Britannica. Because of the accuracy concerns, universities using Wikipedia for academic research, despite their preferred source — papers in academic journals — also having .

The criticism leveled at Wikipedia is questionable given that it’s accuracy is no worse than other sources, and the concerns are becoming increasingly unsustainable due to the considerable effort being put into improving the reliability of Wikipedia articles.

Wikipedia now has a , as discussed in the above. Verifiability means that:

Readers must be able to check that any of the information within Wikipedia articles is not just made up. This means all material must be attributable to reliable, published sources. Additionally, quotations and any material challenged or likely to be challenged must be supported by inline citations.

Wikimedia Germany and the Simpleshow Foundation have produced a further [1] showing editors that they should use good sources of information when editing articles on Wikipedia.

is supporting verifiability by helping Wikipedia editors access reliable sources to improve articles, and also helping knowledge professionals share their collections with the public.

A key initiative of The Wikipedia Library is the (One Librarian, One Reference) campaign. In 2017, its second year, #1Lib1Ref runs from 15 January to 3 February. The goal is for every librarian worldwide to add one reliably sourced reference to Wikipedia using the step-by-step process provided.

The Wikipedia Library and IFLA have also published two showcasing the many successful collaborations between libraries and Wikipedia.

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