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Internet encyclopaedias go head to head
Abstract Jimmy Wale's Wikipedia comes close to Britannica in terms of the accuracy of its science entries, a Nature investigation finds.
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Collected data time dimension Cross-sectional  +
Comments The difference in accuracy between Wikipedia and Britannica proved not to be extreme; "the average science entry in Wikipedia contained around four inaccuracies; Britannica, about three." p. 900
Conclusion Only eight serious errors, such as misinteOnly eight serious errors, such as misinterpretations of important concepts, were detected in the pairs of articles reviewed, four from each encyclopaedia. But reviewers also found many factual errors, omissions or misleading statements: 162 and 123 in Wikipedia and Britannica, Wikipedia and Britannica, respectively.
Data source Wikipedia pages  +
Doi 10.1038/438900a +
Google scholar url  +
Has author Jim Giles +
Has domain Biology + , Chemistry + , Physics +
Has topic Reliability +
Pages 900-901  +
Peer reviewed No  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in Nature +
Research design Statistical analysis  +
Research questions how do users know if Wikipedia is as accurate as established sources such as Encyclopaedia Britannica?
Revid 10,832  +
Theories Undetermined
Theory type Analysis  +
Title Internet encyclopaedias go head to head
Unit of analysis Article  + , Website  +
Url  +
Volume 438  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction Live Wikipedia  +
Wikipedia language English  +
Wikipedia page type Article  +
Year 2005  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:29:14  +
Categories Reliability  + , Biology  + , Chemistry  + , Physics  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:29:05  +
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