Credibility judgment and verification behavior of college students concerning Wikipedia

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Credibility judgment and verification behavior of college students concerning Wikipedia.
Authors: Sook Lim, Christine Simon [edit item]
Citation: First Monday 16 (4): . 2011 April.
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Credibility judgment and verification behavior of college students concerning Wikipedia. is a publication by Sook Lim, Christine Simon.


[edit] Abstract

This study examines credibility judgments in relation to peripheral cues and genre of Wikipedia articles, and attempts to understand user information verification behavior based on the theory of bounded rationality. Data were collected employing both an experiment and a survey at a large public university in the midwestern United States in Spring 2010. This study shows some interesting patterns. It appears that the effect of peripheral cues on credibility judgments differed according to genre. Those who did not verify information displayed a higher level of satisficing than those who did. Students used a variety of peripheral cues of Wikipedia. The exploratory data show that peer endorsement may be more important than formal authorities for user generated information sources, such as Wikipedia, which calls for further research.

[edit] Research questions

"The major research questions of this study are presented below.

RQ1. What peripheral cues do students use in their credibility judgments of Wikipedia? RQ2. Do peripheral cues influence credibility judgments of Wikipedia? RQ3. Does genre influence credibility judgments of Wikipedia? RQ4. Do the effects of peripheral cues on credibility judgments differ according to genre? RQ5. Do students verify information? If they do not, why not?"

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Topics: Reader perceptions of credibility, Cross-domain student readership [edit item]
Domains: Information science, Communications, Education, Library science, Psychology [edit item]
Theory type: Explanation [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [edit item]
Theories: "This study examines credibility judgments in relation to peripheral cues and genre of Wikipedia articles, and attempts to understand user information verification behavior based on the theory of bounded rationality." [edit item]
Research design: Experiment [edit item]
Data source: [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: Cross-sectional [edit item]
Unit of analysis: Article, User [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: Live Wikipedia [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: Article [edit item]
Wikipedia language: English [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"The major findings of this study include the following: peripheral cues were not related to credibility judgments across genres, although peripheral cues affected credibility judgments within the health genre. Genre was not related to credibility judgment. It appears that the effect of peripheral cues mattered more for the health genre than the entertainment genre. However, the effect was not statistically significant, suggesting further research. With respect to verification behavior, despite a higher percentage of self–reports than the experiment, the difference was not statistically significant. Finally, non–verification group displayed a higher level of satisficing than the verification group. The higher the respondents displayed a level of satisficing regarding Wikipedia compared to that of aspiration, the less the respondents verified information, despite its insignificant statistical result. These patterns may indicate the possibility of an explanation of non–verification behavior in the framework of the theory of bounded rationality, which suggests further research."

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[edit] References

Alison J. Head and Michael B. Eisenberg, 2010. “How today’s college students use Wikipedia for course–related research,” First Monday, volume 15, number 3, at http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/2830/2476.

Sook Lim, 2009. “How and why do college students use Wikipedia?” Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, volume 60, number 9, pp. 2,189–2,202.

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ConclusionThe major findings of this study include tThe major findings of this study include the following: peripheral cues were not related to credibility judgments across genres, although peripheral cues affected credibility judgments within the health genre. Genre was not related to credibility judgment. It appears that the effect of peripheral cues mattered more for the health genre than the entertainment genre. However, the effect was not statistically significant, suggesting further research. With respect to verification behavior, despite a higher percentage of self–reports than the experiment, the difference was not statistically significant. Finally, non–verification group displayed a higher level of satisficing than the verification group. The higher the respondents displayed a level of satisficing regarding Wikipedia compared to that of aspiration, the less the respondents verified information, despite its insignificant statistical result. These patterns may indicate the possibility of an explanation of non–verification behavior in the framework of the theory of bounded rationality, which suggests further research.ionality, which suggests further research.
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Credibility%2Bjudgment%2Band%2Bverification%2Bbehavior%2Bof%2Bcollege%2Bstudents%2Bconcerning%2BWikipedia.%22 +
Has authorSook Lim + and Christine Simon +
Has domainInformation science +, Communications +, Education +, Library science + and Psychology +
Has topicReader perceptions of credibility + and Cross-domain student readership +
Issue4 +
MonthApril +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inFirst Monday +
Research designExperiment +
Research questionsThe major research questions of this studyThe major research questions of this study are presented below.

RQ1. What peripheral cues do students use in their credibility judgments of Wikipedia? RQ2. Do peripheral cues influence credibility judgments of Wikipedia? RQ3. Does genre influence credibility judgments of Wikipedia? RQ4. Do the effects of peripheral cues on credibility judgments differ according to genre?

RQ5. Do students verify information? If they do not, why not?
rify information? If they do not, why not?
Revid9,945 +
TheoriesThis study examines credibility judgments in relation to peripheral cues and genre of Wikipedia articles, and attempts to understand user information verification behavior based on the theory of bounded rationality.
Theory typeExplanation +
TitleCredibility judgment and verification behavior of college students concerning Wikipedia.
Unit of analysisArticle + and User +
Urlhttp://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/3263/2860 +
Volume16 +
Wikipedia coverageMain topic +
Wikipedia data extractionLive Wikipedia +
Wikipedia languageEnglish +
Wikipedia page typeArticle +
Year2011 +