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SW 340 Advocacy for Policy Change: Encyclopedias

Using Wikipedia

Wikipedia can be a very useful resource, as long as you keep some things in mind:

  • The most useful part of a wikipedia article are the references at the bottom of the page;
  • Wikipedia is good at providing a basic introduction to a topic, and it also often provides you with important details such as the bill numbers of related legislation;
  • Wikipedia pages about controversial issues (e.g. gun control, abortion) are often revised, sometimes with a lot of inherent bias. Keep your critical reading hat on! Often on these articles you will see a message from Wikipedia that the article's neutrality is disputed.

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Encyclopedias provide summaries of topics, key issues, and point you to related research.

You can also search for a topic across multiple encyclopedias using the search box below. 

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