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Wikipedia - friend or foe?
Abstract Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to report on a research study that entailed the rigorous evaluation of the quality of a large multidisciplinary sample of Wikipedia articles. The objective of the paper is to assess whether Wikipedia can be used and recommended as a credible reference or information tool. Design/methodology/approach - The 106 randomly generated Wikipedia articles are analyzed and evaluated on specific criteria (completeness, accuracy, presentation, objectivity, and overall quality). Articles are reviewed from a broad range of subject areas: arts, popular culture, entertainment, geography, history, science, technology, people, entities, and politics. Findings - The findings indicate that overall the articles are objective, clearly presented, reasonably accurate, and complete, although some are poorly written, contain unsubstantiated information, and/or provide shallow coverage of a topic. Research limitations/implications - Further research on evaluating Wikipedia entries should include reviewing outward links to more accurately assess overall quality. Practical implications - Wikipedia has a role as a reference and instruction tool. Originality/value - This paper provides empirical data on a large number of articles on a wide range of disciplines in Wikipedia, supporting its use as an acceptable encyclopedia.ing its use as an acceptable encyclopedia.
Added by wikilit team Added on initial load  +
Collected data time dimension Cross-sectional  +
Comments "[Wikipedia] articles are objective, clearly presented, reasonably accurate, and complete, although some are poorly written, contain unsubstantiated information, and/or provide shallow coverage of a topic." p.260
Conclusion The findings indicate that overall the articles are objective, clearly presented, reasonably accurate, and complete, although some are poorly written, contain unsubstantiated information, and/or provide shallow coverage of a topic.
Data source Wikipedia pages  +
Doi 10.1108/00907320910982758 +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Wikipedia%3A%2Bfriend%2Bor%2Bfoe%3F%22  +
Has author Kathy West + , Janet Williamson +
Has domain Information science +
Has topic Comprehensiveness + , Readability and style + , Reliability +
Pages 260-71  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in Reference Services Review +
Research design Statistical analysis  +
Research questions The purpose of this paper is to report on The purpose of this paper is to report on a research study that entailed the rigorous evaluation of the quality of a large multidisciplinary sample of Wikipedia articles. The objective of the paper is to assess whether Wikipedia can be used and recommended as a credible reference or information tool. a credible reference or information tool.
Revid 11,080  +
Theories Undetermined
Theory type Analysis  +
Title Wikipedia: friend or foe?
Unit of analysis Article  +
Url http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/00907320910982758  +
Volume 98  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction Live Wikipedia  +
Wikipedia language Not specified  +
Wikipedia page type Article  +
Year 2009  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:36:41  +
Categories Comprehensiveness  + , Readability and style  + , Reliability  + , Information science  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:32:46  +
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