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Timeline (Sections 2 and 3)[edit]

Week 1: Wikipedia Essentials[edit]

In class
  • Overview of the course
  • Introduction to how Wikipedia will be used in the course
Assignment (due week 2)
  • Read Five pillars, an explanation of Wikipedia's basic rules and principles
  • Create Wikipedia account

Week 2: Editing basics[edit]

In class
  • Basics of editing
  • Anatomy of Wikipedia articles
  • Tips on finding the best articles to work on for class assignments
Assignments (due week 3)
  • Create a user page; add one article of interest in your major plus related Categories and Wikiprojects to your Sandbox.
  • To practice communicating on Wikipedia, leave a message for a classmate on their user talk page.
  • Read Wikipedia article "Identifying reliable sources"

Week 3: Introduction to Databases[edit]

In class
  • Boolean logic
  • Field searching
  • Controlled vocabulary
  • Searching the CMA book catalog
Assignment
  • Identify a Wikipedia article of interest from either WikiProject Shipwrecks or Category: Engineering failures
  • Locate one monograph held by CMA that contains useful content relevant to your article
  • Briefly describe your source on the article Talk page and explain why you recommend it
  • Add an APA citation for your source under heading "Further Reading" at the bottom of your article

Week 4 & 5: Searching Scholarly Article Databases[edit]

In class
  • APA citation style
  • Read Wikipedia Talk page guidelines, especially sections on "Layout" and "New topics and headings on talk pages"
  • Read guidelines for Further reading sections
  • In-class worksheets using JSTOR, Science Direct, Academic Search Elite
Assignment
  • Locate one scholarly journal article on your topic using JSTOR, Science Direct, or ASE
  • Cite the article on the Wikipedia article Talk page and explain why you recommend it

Week 6: Searching News Databases[edit]

In class
  • Worksheets using Lexis/Nexis and ABI/Inform
  • What are trade magazines?
  • What are press releases?
Assignments
  • Identify a shipping, cruise, or engineering company of interest
  • Locate 2 news stories about the company from 2011-2012 using Lexis/Nexis or ABI/Inform
  • Cite these items in APA style in your Wikipedia sandbox and summarize the most important elements of the stories


Week 7: Evaluating Wikipedia[edit]

In class

Jigsaw exercise with four articles on quality of Wikipedia:

Assignment
  • Read Lindsey and Giles articles
  • Select one maritime history topic from instructor-provided list
  • Respond to questions in class Moodle forum

Week 8: Evaluating Wikipedia[edit]

In class
  • Midterm
Assignment
  • Compare Wikipedia vs. Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History for selected topic from Week 7
  • Post 500 word essay in Sandbox

Week 9: Excel[edit]

In class
  • Assign numerical rating to four evaluation categories for Wikipedia article
  • Create spreadsheet with data from class and analyze overall quality ratings for maritime history articles

Week 10: Excel[edit]

In class
  • Hoovers Company Records
  • Primary vs. Secondary information
Assignment
  • Use Excel to compute averages and growth for three years of revenue/income of three competing companies


Week 11: Web Sources[edit]

In class
  • Advanced Google Search
  • Citing web sources
  • Avoiding Plagiarism

Week 12: Evaluating Web Sources[edit]

Week 13: Graphical Display of Information[edit]

In class
  • Best practices for slide design
  • SmartArt, Word Clouds, Creative Commons
Assignment
  • Create graphical PowerPoint narrative on research process or learning to edit Wikipedia

Week 14: Final Wikipedia Article[edit]

In class
  • Peer review of draft
  • Individual consult with instructor


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