Wiki is the Hawaiian word for quick. Being quick in every aspect – in using it and editing it – is a key factor in the success of Wikis.
Another factor is the hunger of people for information, knowledge and understanding. The faster, the better.
If you have ever been caught up in reading Wikipedia for hours on end, you’ll know what I mean. One page leads to the next, it never ends. For students, wikis can be an incrediby useful and compared to textbooks, they are a quick source of support and information.
Here is a list of three Wikis that may help boost your online studying:
DiRT contains a comprehensive collection of tools and resources that can be used by students or scholars in their research.
The focus is on humanities and social sciences. However, containing articles on brainstorming, how to communicate with colleagues, how to prepare screencasts or network with other researchers, this wiki covers tools and guidelines that may prove useful not only for researchers, but also for people with other career backgrounds and especially for students who are still exploring fields. Check it out and let us know what you think.
I’ve also written about other tools you can use for research besides wikis.
As the name suggests, Medpedia is a recently-launched wiki concerned with medical topics. The goal is to share “the advancing knowledge about health, medicine and the body among medical professionals and the general public.”
At this point, it contains hundreds of articles covering all types of human diseases and related medical background information. Nevertheless, the site states that you are not likely to find an article on the topic you are looking for. However, I did find everything I was looking for.
For med students, this Wiki can serve as a quick and easy way to research diseases and symptoms. Physicians and other experts are welcome to contribute to the site by editing pages or adding articles. Everyone else may suggest changes. All contributions will receive proper recognition.
If you’re a medical student and you are searching for the best websites to for medical information, check out Jackson’s article: The Best Reference Sites For Medical Students.
Here we have a resource specifically for students or those who wish to learn new tricks.
Textbook Revolution features free educational materials on a wide variety of topics such as biology, earth sciences or world history.
The site is run by students and was founded in response to overpriced textbooks whose publishers only have profits in mind, rather than educational value.
If you know of high quality free textbooks, make an account with Textbook Revolution and share the resource. If you have used any of the listed books, provide your feedback and review them.
Aside from wikis, I’ve also listed 10 Tools For Online Learning in a previous article.
As a student, what is your favorite Wiki and how did you discover it? Share them with us!
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