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Using Wikipedia to Find A "Good" Article
Conduct a Google search to find a Wikipedia article on this topic. You can also go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ to search within Wikipedia. What makes a Wikipedia article a "good" article? That's for you to decide! Here are key things to look for in a Wikipedia article:
- Introduction/overview/summary paragraph(s) at the top of the page. This will help you decide whether this article is related to your topic or not.
- Announcements at the top of the page such as:
- Wikipedia has its own editorial process. It's not the same was scholarly peer review, but it does rely on interaction between Wikipedia users to make decisions about the quality of articles. If there's an issue with an article, you'll see a message like the one above.
- “Good Article” or “Featured Article” designation. This means that Wikipedia editors and users have determined that this article meets their standards for quality.
- Clear organization with headings/subheadings. A visual roadmap helps you navigate, read, and understand the article more easily.
- Clickable links to narrower, more specific articles within the body of the article. This helps you dig deeper and expand your knowledge of a topic.
- References at the end of the article. This means that the writer of the article consulted sources to write it. If some or all of the references have links, that’s even better, because this means you can check out the references yourself.