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Putting Wikipedia to the test: a case study
Abstract BACKGROUND: As guiding students’ use of clBACKGROUND: As guiding students’ use of clinical information resources is an important role of the medical program, we wondered how well Wikipedia, given its popularity with students, compared with long-standing resources. METHODS: Blinded to the information resources, medical academics compared conjunctivitis, multiple sclerosis and otitis media entries from Wikipedia against those from AccessMedicine, eMedicine and UpToDate, using a scale developed to rank their accuracy, coverage, concision, currency and suitability for medical students. Medical librarians assessed their accessibility and usability. RESULTS: The entries in Wikipedia, in comparison with the other resources, were easy to access, navigate and well presented. Although reasonably concise and current, they failed to cover key aspects of two of the topics, and contained some factual errors. Wikipedia was thus judged unsuitable for medical students. AccessMedicine entries were judged the most suitable resources for medical students by two of the reviewers; the third was critical of the lack of emphasis on empirical data. CONCLUSIONS: Wikipedia was found currently unsuitable for medical students in isolation from other medical information resources. Traditional information resources would be improved by having in-text referencing to strengthen the link to evidence. Perhaps experts should contribute more to Wikipedia to ensure it provides best information.ia to ensure it provides best information.
Added by wikilit team No but verified  +
Collected data time dimension Cross-sectional  +
Conclusion Wikipedia was found currently unsuitable fWikipedia was found currently unsuitable for medical students in isolation from other medical information resources. Traditional information resources would be improved by having in-text referencing to strengthen the link to evidence. Perhaps experts should contribute more to Wikipedia to ensure it provides best information.ia to ensure it provides best information.
Conference location Seattle, Washington, USA +
Data source Websites  + , Wikipedia pages  +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Putting%2BWikipedia%2Bto%2Bthe%2BTest%3A%2BA%2BCase%2BStudy%22  +
Has author Michael P. Pender + , Kaye Lasserre + , Lisa Kruesi + , Christopher Del Mar + , Satyamurthy Anuradha +
Has domain Health + , Education +
Has topic Comprehensiveness + , Currency + , Readability and style + , Reliability +
Pages 1-16  +
Peer reviewed Unknown  +
Publication type Conference paper  +
Published in The Special Libraries Association Annual Conference +
Publisher Special Libraries Association +
Research design Content analysis  +
Research questions How well does Wikipedia with long-standing resources for students' use of clinical information?
Revid 10,914  +
Theory type Analysis  +
Title Putting Wikipedia to the Test: A Case Study
Unit of analysis Article  +
Url http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:193433  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction Live Wikipedia  +
Wikipedia language English  +
Wikipedia page type Article  +
Year 2008  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 29 May 2012 22:16:21  +
Categories Comprehensiveness  + , Currency  + , Readability and style  + , Reliability  + , Health  + , Education  + , Publications with missing theories  + , Publications with missing comments  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:30:29  +
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