Explanation of Using Wikipedia
Below is a sample entry from Wikipedia.
you to look at this entry a bit more closely. For our purposes in
this course assignment, let's focus on the tabs along the top of the
- The first tab, "article," gives you the current form of the "Stroganovs" article.
"talk" tab is very interesting. If you click on that
tab--you cannot do that on the image above--for any entry, you will
find an ongoing discussion among
contributors about the article's information. You should read
through the article's discussion for your research entry. These
discussions often make for very interesting reading and explain the rationale behind some changes to information in the entry..
"edit" tab is not really relevant for us in this assignment,
but this is where you would be able to log in and then make changes to
an article. (Once you are a registered Wikipedian.)
"View history" tab is also very useful for your assignment. By clicking
on that tab, you will get a list of all the versions of the article to
have appeared before the current version. You can read any one of
these previous editions. What is also important is that you can compare
specific editions of the entry to see what actually changed. (See the
"Compare selected revisions" button at the bottom of the history
list.). Once you have seen some changes, you can try and go
through the "discussion" and figure out why there were changes.
I'd also like to call your attention to all the links and wiki tools
left side of the entry page. The "languages" section lists where
you can find this entry in different
language versions. Often there is more, or different,
information in the different language versions of the article.
That is certainly the case with this sample entry on the
Stroganovs--The Russian version is actually, surprisingly quite a bit
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