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The 28th Annual CALI Conference for Law School Computing
June 7 & 8, 2018
American University Washington College of Law
Washington DC


Wednesday June 6, 2018 pre-conference activities
  • Sponsor setup at American University Washington College of Law. 1pm – 7pm
  • Conference check-in at American University Washington College of Law. 3pm – 7pm
  • Speaker Meeting (optional) at American in room NT08. 6pm - 6:30pm
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Friday, June 8 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Wikipedia in the Legal Research Classroom

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No matter how many reliable research strategies they are taught, the new generation of law students (and attorneys) often use Wikipedia as a starting point for their legal research. Detailed Wikipedia pages for primary law are being edited every day; they can't be ignored even as we attempt to teach students advanced research skills. Instead, we can examine the information and sources of information on these Wikipedia pages. This session will breakdown the type of legal pages that currently appear on Wikipedia and the type of information available on these pages. The €œlegislative history € infobox on statutory Wikipedia pages will be evaluated for the scope of information available and the range of hyperlinked sources of information. The session will conclude with strategies for dealing with Wikipedia's presence in the legal research classroom. Participants will leave the session with a clear understanding of what students are seeing on legal Wikipedia pages and ideas for facing the unique challenge of Wikipedia as a research tool. Attendees don't need any prior knowledge before attending this session, just a desire to hear more about an online source that is disliked by educators everywhere!
Takeaways:
  • Participants will be able to understand how a new generation of law students interacts with Wikipedia.
  • Participants will be able to identify the different types of legal Wikipedia entries and the information covered by these entries.

Speakers
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Nicole Downing

Reference Librarian, UNC Law Library


Friday June 8, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
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