research for wikipedia

a workshop for
history 14: friars, heretics,
and female mystics

 

sarah elichko  (selichk1)

social sciences & data librarian

Agenda:
• Reliable sources

• Neutral point of view

• Research for Medieval History

Reliable sources

 

“The most reliable sources on Wikipedia
are secondary sources with a reputation
for fact-checking, such as books published
by academic presses, peer-reviewed academic
journals, and international newspapers.”

Reliable sources

 

“The most reliable sources on Wikipedia
are secondary sources with a reputation
for fact-checking, such as books published
by academic presses
, peer-reviewed academic
journals, and international newspapers.”

Publication & Process
 


Author's Expertise

 


Reviews & Reputation

 

 

Reliable sources

- For a book:       published by a university press?  
- For an article:  published in an academic journal?


- What is this author's experience with the topic they're writing about?

- Google the author (add site:.edu if needed)


- For a book: use Tripod Articles to find book reviews (in academic journals)
- Using Google Scholar, find works that cite this article/book (or this author)

How do you determine the reliability of a source?

Neutral point of view


“...describing all the significant viewpoints published by reliable sources.”

"...using sources that represent significant viewpoints, rather than one-off studies or fringe work”

2. How do you know

    which ones are

    significant?

1. How do you identify

    multiple viewpoints?

Academic books and articles build on previous work.

Scholars acknowledge these connections through citations.

Newer academic work:
a roadmap to
earlier scholarship

Academic books and articles build on previous work.

Scholars acknowledge these connections through citations.

- Citation networks
- Summary sources
           - Literature reviews, handbooks, companions
           - May be journal articles or books

- An author's reviewing of the literature

 

Three Roadmaps:

Roadmap 1: Citation Networks

Use Google Scholar (scholar.google.com) to look up one of the sources listed in your prospectus.

Roadmap 2: Summary Sources

Provide overviews of scholarly debate and discussion

- Literature review essays (journal articles)

- Scholarly handbooks & companions  (books)

How to find

Use Tripod Books & More (tripod.swarthmore.edu)

Format for search terms:
General keyword AND (handbook OR companion)


Example search: Margery Kempe AND (handbook OR companion)

Roadmap 3: An author's literature reviewing

In the following section from this book's introduction, the author engages in some clear literature reviewing:

To follow #11, we go to the Notes section:

And then to the Bibliography for the full reference:

A particularly useful* tool for

finding medieval history research


*with some instruction

You can use IMBO to quickly generate a list of recent academic works on a topic.


- Results limited to scholarship in medieval studies

- Finds academic book chapters, journal articles, and books

- Searching with Index
  Terms may return more
  results than an ordinary
  keyword search

- For full text, use the
  FindIt button

Research advice
& Wikipedia questions

 

Email with questions, or to set
up an appointment:

      selichk1@swarthmore.edu
 

 

Sarah's office hours, Spring 2017:
(At the Research & Info Desk in McCabe)

       -- Tuesdays, 11am-1pm
       -- Wednesdays, 1pm-3pm