Wikimedia Foundation Mission Statement:

Five Pillars of Wikipedia:

In class on 2/2 (Groundhog Day):

  • We will make our individual Wikipedia accounts together during class. Here are some reasons why this is a good idea. If you decide that you do not want to do this, you do not have to. You can participate in the following exercises as an anonymous editor. Your choice!
  • We will take a tour of the current Wikipedia page about Digital Humanities as an example of what comprises a Wikipedia Article. Hint: there’s more there than just the article! Here is the URL: Specifically, we will look at the Article page, the Talk page, the Edit page, and the View history page.

Due by class time on Tuesday 2/7:

Your practicum will be comprised of these 2 exercises that you will perform as well as a short blog post reflecting on these exercises and the experience of contributing to Wikipedia. I will evaluate your practicum based on what you report in your blog post. Be sure to link to the Wikipedia pages you edited and use images if they are useful.

Exercise 1:

Help Wikipedia where it needs a citation! Visit the Citation Hunt project page to see randomly generated instances where Wikipedia could use your help. Research and fix or add a citation where one is needed, based on a search using this tool (Citation Hunt). Be sure you are logged in to Wikipedia as an Editor when you do this (if you chose to register). This way, you will receive attribution for your work on Wikipedia.Second, be sure to follow Wikipedia’s best practices for citing.

Exercise 2:

  • Use this bibliography to find a Wikipedia page that needs help.
  • Identify a topic that you know a lot about, maybe something that you’re studying right now or that you are fascinated by. Let your interests drive your selection.
  • Add or edit content on that page. The size of your contribution is up to you. The point is to try to add something different than a citation this time.


Special thanks to Amanda Rust (Northeastern U) for her knowledge of Wikipedia editing and its use for pedagogy. I dedicate this practicum to you!


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