The Wikipedia Entry was a project that I had a lot of fun writing. It provided me with an opportunity to write about something that I am really passionate about that not many other people wrote about before on websites like Wikipedia for general audiences to read. Aspects of my writing process that worked well were finding reliable sources through my research to incorporate into my writing. I will look to further use the research skills I learned from the Wikipedia project to other projects I will have in the future as I research background information on my topics that I will be writing about. Aspects of my writing process that did not work as well initially was pulling information from the scholarly articles. In the future, I will look to understand the gist of the article rather than getting lost in all of its complicated technical terms and equations. From this project, I expanded my knowledge on researching tactics and writing processes.
First, I improved my researching skills through the Wikipedia Entry project. Initially, I struggled with finding scholarly articles and determining their reliability. I would find an article, but I did not know whether or not it was a reliable source. However, from doing the Wikipedia Entry project, I learned that a source can be deemed credible by the credentials of the author, the kind of study that was used in the article, how long ago the article was published, and what my audience considered as a reliable source. I also improved my research process by learning how to cite my secondary sources in different ways. Through the learning journals for this project, I used MLA citation; and for the Wikipedia article, I learned how to use and create footnotes.
In addition, I strengthened my writing processes with this project. For instance, I learned to sort through the suggestions from my peers carefully. Instead of incorporating every piece of advice to my paper, I weighed each and chose the ones that helped advance my paper in the direction that I wanted it to go. Moreover, I expanded my writing processes by learning how to write to a different community and genre. With the Wikipedia community, the tone I took in the article was more objective and less personal than that of the living picture narrative. Also, the audience was a little more formal so I had to consider different styles and conventions while writing my article.
I will transfer the new skills I learned to different classes through my enhanced research and writing process skills. I will use what I learned in order to find reliable sources for my paper and utilize those sources in order to compose a strong research paper. I will also use my writing processes in order to revise my paper in order to bring it forward in the direction that I want it to go in through the suggestions from outside perspectives. Furthermore, I will use these skills in my new career through research of different diseases, studies, and treatments. As a doctor, I would need to know the information found from studies of different diseases so I can properly diagnose and treat my patients. Also, as a doctor, I will be getting a lot of advice on how to treat my patients from my colleagues. I will need to use my writing processes skills and filter through their advice, choosing the ones that I feel will best fit the situation.