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Improving Wikipedia's credibility: references and citations in a sample of history articles
Abstract This study evaluates how well the authors This study evaluates how well the authors of Wikipedia history articles adhere to the site's policy of assuring verifiability through citations. It does so by examining the references and citations of a subset of country histories. The findings paint a dismal picture. Not only are many claims not verified through citations, those that are suffer from the choice of references used. Many of these are from only a few US government Websites or news media and few are to academic journal material. Given these results, one response would be to declare Wikipedia unsuitable for serious reference work. But another option emerges when we jettison technological determinism and look at Wikipedia as a product of a wider social context. Key to this context is a world in which information is bottled up as commodities requiring payment for access. Equally important is the problematic assumption that texts are undifferentiated bearers of knowledge. Those involved in instructional programs can draw attention to the social nature of texts to counter these assumptions and by so doing create an awareness for a new generation of Wikipedians and Wikipedia users of the need to evaluate texts (and hence citations) in light of the social context of their production and use.ocial context of their production and use.
Added by wikilit team Added on initial load  +
Collected data time dimension Cross-sectional  +
Comments "One response would be to declare Wikipedia unsuitable for serious reference work. But another option emerges when we jettison technological determinism and look at Wikipedia as a product of a wider social context."
Conclusion The findings paint a dismal picture. Not oThe findings paint a dismal picture. Not only are many claims not verified through citations, those that are suffer from the choice of references used. Many of these are from only a few US government Websites or news media and few are to academic journal material. Given these results, one response would be to declare Wikipedia unsuitable for serious reference work. But another option emerges when we jettison technological determinism and look at Wikipedia as a product of a wider social context. Key to this context is a world in which information is bottled up as commodities requiring payment for access. Equally important is the problematic assumption that texts are undifferentiated bearers of knowledge. Those involved in instructional programs can draw attention to the social nature of texts to counter these assumptions and by so doing create an awareness for a new generation of Wikipedians and Wikipedia users of the need to evaluate texts (and hence citations) in light of the social context of their production and use.ocial context of their production and use.
Data source Wikipedia pages  +
Doi 10.1002/asi.21304 +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Improving%2BWikipedia%27s%2Bcredibility%3A%2Breferences%2Band%2Bcitations%2Bin%2Ba%2Bsample%2Bof%2Bhistory%2Barticles%22  +
Has author Brendan Luyt + , Daniel Tan +
Has domain Information science +
Has topic Reliability +
Issue 4  +
Pages 715-722  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology +
Research design Content analysis  + , Statistical analysis  +
Research questions This study set out to ascertain how well the authors of Wikipedia history articles adhered to the site’s policy of assuring verifiability through citations.We did so by examining the references and citations of a subset of country histories.
Revid 10,815  +
Theories Undetermined
Theory type Analysis  +
Title Improving Wikipedia's credibility: references and citations in a sample of history articles
Unit of analysis Article  + , Subject  +
Url http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/asi.21304  +
Volume 61  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction Live Wikipedia  +
Wikipedia language Not specified  +
Wikipedia page type Article  +
Year 2010  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:28:57  +
Categories Reliability  + , Information science  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:28:47  +
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