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How today's college students use Wikipedia for course-related research
Abstract Findings are reported from student focus gFindings are reported from student focus groups and a large-scale survey about how and why students (enrolled at six different {U.S.} colleges) use Wikipedia during the course-related research process. A majority of respondents frequently used Wikipedia for background information, but less often than they used other common resources, such as course readings and Google. Architecture, engineering, and science majors were more likely to use Wikipedia for course-related research than respondents in other majors. The findings suggest Wikipedia is used in combination with other information resources. Wikipedia meets the needs of college students because it offers a mixture of coverage, currency, convenience, and comprehensibility in a world where credibility is less of a given or an expectation from today's students.n or an expectation from today's students.
Added by wikilit team Yes  +
Collected data time dimension Longitudinal  +
Comments " The combination of coverage, currency, c" The combination of coverage, currency, comprehensibility, and convenience drives Wikipedia use, in a world where credibility is less of a given — or an expectation from students — with each passing day" Students use a combination of sources in their course-related research starting by WIkipedia and ending by scholarly sources.WIkipedia and ending by scholarly sources.
Conclusion Overall, we found: 1.Students’ driving neOverall, we found: 1.Students’ driving need for background context makes Wikipedia one of the predictable workarounds that many students use, especially during the first stages of their research process. 2.Course–related research may begin with Wikipedia, but it rarely ends there. In our study, students employed a complex information problem strategy in their research processes, reliant on a mix of information resources that were from scholarly sources and public Internet sites. 3.In our study, we found the combination of coverage, currency, comprehensibility, and convenience drives Wikipedia use, in a world where credibility is less of a given — or an expectation from students — with each passing day. 4.Overall, college students use Wikipedia. But, they do so knowing its limitation. They use Wikipedia just as most of us do — because it is a quick way to get started and it has some, but not deep, credibility.nd it has some, but not deep, credibility.
Data source Survey responses  +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22How%2Btoday%27s%2Bcollege%2Bstudents%2Buse%2BWikipedia%2Bfor%2Bcourse-related%2Bresearch%22  +
Has author Alison J. Head + , Michael Eisenberg +
Has domain Education +
Has topic Cross-domain student readership +
Issue 3  +
Month March  +
Pages 15  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in First Monday +
Research design Statistical analysis  +
Research questions We investigated the use of Wikipedia for cWe investigated the use of Wikipedia for course–related research in five related areas: 1.How frequently college students use Wikipedia. 2.What motivates students to use Wikipedia. 3.At which stages of research students use Wikipedia. 4.How Wikipedia is used in relation to other information resources. 5.What predictors reveal which types of students are more and less likely to use Wikipedia.are more and less likely to use Wikipedia.
Revid 10,807  +
Theories Undetermined
Theory type Analysis  +
Title How today's college students use Wikipedia for course-related research
Unit of analysis Article  +
Url http://www.immagic.com/eLibrary/ARCHIVES/GENERAL/FIRSTMON/F100301A.pdf  +
Volume 15  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction N/A  +
Wikipedia language Not specified  +
Wikipedia page type N/A  +
Year 2010  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:28:48  +
Categories Cross-domain student readership  + , Education  + , Publications with references  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:28:43  +
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