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Go to Wikipedia FIRST

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I hope that the 2012 statistic that 73% of teachers prohibit Wikipedia for research is wrong! For years I have told students (and my own kids but they don’t necessarily listen to me) that Wikipedia should be the FIRST place to go. It’s amazing how many people buy into the idea that ‘it isn’t accurate’ and then not only believe this, but propagate the message too!

I don’t think only going to Wikipedia qualifies as comprehensive research, but I do think it is a great place to START. Wikipedia is a great place to go to learn background information and learn about related terms and topics.

It’s also fun to link-hop too. Pick a random subject, read about it, follow an interesting link, and repeat 5 or 6 times and you are off on a learning adventure with a mystery ending. For example, where else could I go and get from Pythagoras to Pearl Jam in just 5 clicks! 🙂

Simple Wikipedia

I think Wikipedia is a GREAT resource! 

To me it should be the ‘first place to go’ for students… The start of research, before digging deeper and finding other sites.

BUT…

The language can be a bit tough for ELL or younger students! 
So, check this out:

Simple English Wikipedia: Wikipedias are places where people work together to write encyclopedias in different languages. We use Simple English words and grammar here. The Simple English Wikipedia is for everyone! That includes children and adults who are learning English.

AND for younger students:

Wiki for Kids delivered search results from the “Simple Edition” of Wikipedia and is powered by Google SafeSearch for added safety.