With more than 35 million articles, Wikipedia is a first stop for many researchers. However, English Wikipedia alone has over 350,000 "citation needed" statements, and 200,000 articles have no references at all. The #1Lib1Ref campaign seeks to change that by encouraging librarians to fill in the citation gaps. If every librarian in the world took 15 minutes to address one of the "citation needed" queries, the backlog would drop dramatically.
This week, BenU librarians gathered for an hour of Wikipedia editing. We each created a Wikipedia account, located a statement in need of verification using Citation Hunt, and conducted research using open access and library subscription resources. Finally, we added our citations to Wikipedia and tagged our edits #1Lib1Ref.
#1Lib1Ref is a worldwide campaign supported by Wikipedia Library, the Digital Library Federation, OCLC Research, and Open Library. It runs from January 15th through January 23rd. To learn more, visit The Wikipedia Library/1Lib1Ref. To learn more about Wikipedia’s 15th anniversary celebration, visit Wikipedia15.