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Wikipedia is sponsoring an initiative to commemorate its 15th anniversary: the #1Lib1Ref campaign. Basically, they're asking reference libraries--but I would widen the call to TV/film scholars--to each add one reference to a Wikipedia article.

I encourage your participation as a way to improve the reliability of media-studies articles on Wikipedia!

For more info:

Imagine a World where Every Librarian Added One More Reference to Wikipedia.

Wikipedia is a first stop for researchers: let's make it better! Your goal today is to add one reference to Wikipedia! Any citation to a reliable source is a benefit to Wikipedia readers worldwide. When you add the reference to the article, make sure to include the hashtag #1Lib1Ref in the edit summary so that we can track participation.

The #1Lib1Ref campaign is supported by Wikipedia Library, Amical Wikimedia (see the project in Catalan), Wikimedia Espaņa, Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, Digital Library Federation, Central New York Library Resource Council and Your organization

If you need help at any time, connect with other librarians or post a message to the Talk page

How to Participate: Five Basic Steps

  1.  Find an article that needs a citation. There are many ways to do this. Here are some strategies.
     *   Filling a "Citation Needed"
     *   Finding an article with sourcing problems
     *   Select an article while browsing
     *   Cite a source from your collection or research
  2.  Find a reliable source that can support that article
  3.  Add a citation using Wikipedia Style. Click here to learn about adding citations and editing Wikipedia
  4.  Add the project hashtag #1Lib1Ref to the Edit Summary
  5.  Share your edit on social media and learn more about libraries and Wikipedia

Why Should I Participate?

Wikipedia is an invaluable part of every researcher's process. More references make Wikipedia a better reference tool. Join us, and make a small contribution to the sum of all human knowledge!

The National Library of Israel regularly answers reference questions for Wikipedia editors and readers. Learn more about how research libraries can contribute to Wikipedia! (in English)

Because anyone can edit Wikipedia, the Wikipedia community has developed a core strategy to ensure the quality of information in its articles: including footnotes to reliable sources to allow Wikipedia readers to "verify" the information. This strategy helps the global volunteer community effectively work towards meeting Wikipedia's vision: "the sum of all human knowledge."

Readers and editors who don't feel confident about a piece of information in an article can add a "citation needed" tag next to that statement. These tags are similar to reference questions: members of the public asking for reliable research to back up the information they are reading. English Wikipedia alone has over 350,000 citation needed statements.

Thousands of articles need more references; 200,000 articles have no references at all.[1] Imagine if every librarian in the world took 15 minutes to address one of the citation needed queries! Wikipedia would no longer have these gaps.

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