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Use of Wikipedia by Legal Scholars: Implications for Information Literacy

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posted on 2021-11-14, 05:27 authored by Maher, Darryl

This study examines the use of Wikipedia across a broad range of judicial and administrative bodies within New Zealand. The primary focus of the study is the use of Wikipedia in courts (and other legally influential bodies) and how this affects the way that information literacy is taught in legal studies, particularly with regards to Wikipedia and other similar internet-based resources. A secondary focus for this study is the use of Wikipedia in other legal documents, such as those issued by tribunals and regulatory bodies. There is also some discussion about best practices regarding the use of Wikipedia by those in legal professions, such as judges, solicitors, and barristers.


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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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Degree Discipline

Information Studies

Degree Grantor

Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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Degree Name

Master of Information Studies

ANZSRC Type Of Activity code

970118 Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies

Victoria University of Wellington Item Type

Masters Research Paper or Project



Victoria University of Wellington School

School of Information Management


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