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Copy of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture: Websites

Researching With Websites

This page will help you with: Course Specific Websites, Google Scholar, Copyright Free Images, and Statistics.

 

Check the left hand column for websites related to your course.

 

Don't see something you think should be there? Let us know!

 

 

Wikipedia

Can you use Wikipedia in your assignments?

 

The short answer is no!

Wikipedia can be a good starting point, BUT you should not use it as a source for your assignments.

Anyone can edit Wikipedia.  Wikipedia itself has compiled data on its contributors.  

The advice on Wikipedia itself is that it is not a reliable source, because:

  • Anyone can edit pages
  • Pages have been subject to vandalism in the past - this is often caught quickly, but some vandalisations have stayed on Wikipedia for years.
  • Wikipedia is a dynamic site; no article is ever "finished" - they are constantly being edited/added to.
  • Articles can vary wildly in quality and comprehensiveness.  For example, on the English Wikipedia there will likely be entries on every small town in the United States, but some large towns in the Sahara will not have an entry.
  • There is no systematic process to make sure that "obviously important" topics are written about, so at any given time Wikipedia may be wildly out of balance in the relative attention paid to two different topics.
  • Many contributors do not cite their sources—something that makes it hard for the reader to judge the credibility of what is written.

 

    Researching with Wikipedia

There is an excellent article on Wikipedia itself about using the database for research - pay particular attention to the Special research considerations concerning Wikipedia, which sets out the pros and cons of using Wikipedia articles, and the Citing Wikipedia section, which lays out the reasons you should not reference Wikipedia.

 

    Studies into the reliability of Wikipedia

Wikipedia has carried out numerous research studies and tests into the reliability of the articles on their site, including independent studies.  They have also consulted with many experts to gather expert opinion on Wikipedia, including academics, health and science professionals, journalists and, of course librarians!  The results of all of this evidence gathering can be found here.

Statistics - Health & Social Care

  

Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search

To access articles in Google scholar at home you can add in the library's subscriptions:

  • Click Search above to open a new window
  • Go to the 3 bar icon in the upper left corner
  • Select the cog wheel to open Settings
  • Select Library links from the left hand column
  • Search for London South Bank University - Full-Text @ LSBU
  • Tick the box to add our collections in to the search

You computer will remember this choice until you clear your cookies/cache. You do not need to do this step if you are on campus. 

Searching the free web Video

This video will give you advice on searching the web for your assignments.

*Updated email at end of video - askalibrarian@lsbu.ac.uk*

Copyright Free Images

Always check that the creator of the image has given permission to re-use their work

Always correctly reference where you got the image from - even if it is copyright free!

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