Using Wikipedia Effectively: Researching Superstars and Other Topics

In this lesson, students will use Wikipedia as a research tool from a critical perspective: they will review the contents of Wikipedia entries on their favorite musicians; they will access and verify information supporting the Wikipedia entry; and they will think about the benefits, drawbacks and additional resources of online research tools.


Some media may contain mature content. Discretion is advised when viewing with students.

Lesson Plan

Students should work in pairs or small groups on this lesson. Each pair or small group will decide on a popular artist they will research using an online resource like Wikipedia.

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Lesson tags: Eleventh, English, Music, Ninth, Pop Culture, Tenth, Twelfth

Niall Brennan

Niall Brennan Niall is a professor in the Department of Communication at Fairfield University and holds a Ph.D in Media and Communications. Niall is a well-traveled educator and has taught across the globe from Brazil to the UK. He has also worked in publishing, advertising and information systems in New York City. When he’s not teaching, Niall enjoys cooking, photography and spending time with his best friend and dog, Harry.