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ENGL 102: College English II

Online Verification Skills Videos

In this series of videos, Mike Caulfield shares simple tools and strategies that will help you verify the information you find online. Caulfield is the director of blended and networked learning at Washington State University Vancouver, and head of the Digital Polarization Initiative of the American Democracy Project. He is also the author of the free online textbook Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers.


In this video, author John Green discusses the online resource Wikipedia. Wikipedia is often maligned by teachers and twitter trolls alike as an unreliable source. And yes, it does sometimes have major errors and omissions, but Wikipedia is also the Internet's largest general reference work and as such an incredibly powerful tool. Today we'll discuss using Wikipedia for good - to help us get a birds-eye view of content, better evaluate information with lateral reading, and find trustworthy primary sources.

This video is part of the Crash Course: Navigating Digital Information series. 

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