Wikipedia - friend or foe?

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Wikipedia: friend or foe?
Authors: Kathy West, Janet Williamson [edit item]
Citation: Reference Services Review 98 : 260-71. 2009.
Publication type: Journal article
Peer-reviewed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1108/00907320910982758.
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Wikipedia: friend or foe? is a publication by Kathy West, Janet Williamson.


[edit] Abstract

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.

[edit] Research questions

"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."

Research details

Topics: Comprehensiveness, Readability and style, Reliability [edit item]
Domains: Information science [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [edit item]
Theories: "Undetermined" [edit item]
Research design: Statistical analysis [edit item]
Data source: Wikipedia pages [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: Cross-sectional [edit item]
Unit of analysis: Article [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: Live Wikipedia [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: Article [edit item]
Wikipedia language: Not specified [edit item]

[edit] 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."

[edit] 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"


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AbstractPurpose - 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.
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Collected data time dimensionCross-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
ConclusionThe 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 sourceWikipedia pages +
Doi10.1108/00907320910982758 +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Wikipedia%3A%2Bfriend%2Bor%2Bfoe%3F%22 +
Has authorKathy West + and Janet Williamson +
Has domainInformation science +
Has topicComprehensiveness +, Readability and style + and Reliability +
Pages260-71 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inReference Services Review +
Research designStatistical analysis +
Research questionsThe 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.
Revid11,080 +
TheoriesUndetermined
Theory typeAnalysis +
TitleWikipedia: friend or foe?
Unit of analysisArticle +
Urlhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1108/00907320910982758 +
Volume98 +
Wikipedia coverageMain topic +
Wikipedia data extractionLive Wikipedia +
Wikipedia languageNot specified +
Wikipedia page typeArticle +
Year2009 +