Embracing Wikipedia as a research tool for law: to Wikipedia or not to Wikipedia?

Barnett, Eola and Baer, Roslyn (2011) Embracing Wikipedia as a research tool for law: to Wikipedia or not to Wikipedia? The Law Teacher, 45 (2). pp. 194-213. ISSN 0306-9400


Useful aspects of Wikipedia should be embraced as a research tool. Arguments are based upon a consideration of Wikipedia’s purpose; policies and controlling mechanisms; commentator views on and academic use of Wikipedia as a teaching and learning tool; the fact that empirical research has found students will use Wikipedia. The results of a survey on the research preferences of a range of students engaged in various levels of legal study, from senior secondary school to second year law students, are presented and recommendations regarding educating students in the appropriate use of Wikipedia for research are made.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Law
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2012 10:24
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2014 22:38
Uncontrolled Keywords: Wikipedia; tertiary source; research; teaching and learning
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1899 Other Law and Legal Studies > 189999 Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080606 Global Information Systems
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970118 Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/03069400.2011.578883
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19949

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