Wikipedia and psychology: coverage of concepts and its use by undergraduate students

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Wikipedia and psychology: coverage of concepts and its use by undergraduate students
Authors: N. J. Schweitzer [edit item]
Citation: Teaching of Psychology 35 (2): 81-85. 2008.
Publication type: Journal article
Peer-reviewed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1080/00986280802004594.
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Wikipedia and psychology: coverage of concepts and its use by undergraduate students is a publication by N. J. Schweitzer.


[edit] Abstract

The online encyclopedia Wikipedia is a frequently referred-to source of information for Internet users. A series of 3 studies examined Wikipedia's coverage of psychology-related concepts, examined how accessible Wikipedia's psychology content is when using Internet search engines, and described how both first-year and senior undergraduates use Wikipedia. The results demonstrated that Wikipedia's coverage of psychological topics was comprehensive and prominently displayed on the major search engines. In addition, a majority of undergraduate students reported referring to Wikipedia for both personal and school-related activities; however, few students reported using Wikipedia as a formal reference in academic work.

[edit] Research questions

"A series of 3 studies examined Wikipedia’s coverage of psychologyrelated concepts, examined how accessibleWikipedia’s psychology content is when using Internet search engines, and described how both first-year and senior undergraduates use Wikipedia."

Research details

Topics: Comprehensiveness, Domain-specific student readership [edit item]
Domains: Education, Psychology [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: Survey responses [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: Cross-sectional [edit item]
Unit of analysis: User, Website [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: Live Wikipedia [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: Other [edit item]
Wikipedia language: English [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"The results demonstrated that Wikipedia’s coverage of psychological topics was comprehensive and prominently displayed on the major search engines. In addition, a majority of undergraduate students reported referring to Wikipedia for both personal and school-related activities; however, few students reported using Wikipedia as a formal reference in academic work."

[edit] Comments

""Wikipedia’s coverage of psychological topics was comprehensive and prominently displayed on the major search engines. In addition, a majority of undergraduate students reported referring to Wikipedia for both personal and school-related activities; however, few students reported using Wikipedia as a formal reference in academic work" p. 81"


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AbstractThe online encyclopedia Wikipedia is a freThe online encyclopedia Wikipedia is a frequently referred-to source of information for Internet users. A series of 3 studies examined Wikipedia's coverage of psychology-related concepts, examined how accessible Wikipedia's psychology content is when using Internet search engines, and described how both first-year and senior undergraduates use Wikipedia. The results demonstrated that Wikipedia's coverage of psychological topics was comprehensive and prominently displayed on the major search engines. In addition, a majority of undergraduate students reported referring to Wikipedia for both personal and school-related activities; however, few students reported using Wikipedia as a formal reference in academic work.ia as a formal reference in academic work.
Added by wikilit teamAdded on initial load +
Collected data time dimensionCross-sectional +
Comments"Wikipedia’s coverage of psychological top"Wikipedia’s coverage of psychological topics was comprehensive and prominently displayed on the major search engines. In addition, a majority of undergraduate students reported referring to Wikipedia for both personal and school-related activities; however, few students reported using Wikipedia as a formal reference in academic work" p. 81a formal reference in academic work" p. 81
ConclusionThe results demonstrated that Wikipedia’s The results demonstrated that Wikipedia’s coverage of psychological topics was comprehensive and prominently displayed on the major search engines. In addition, a majority of undergraduate students reported referring to Wikipedia for both personal and school-related activities; however, few students reported using Wikipedia as a formal reference in academic work.ia as a formal reference in academic work.
Data sourceSurvey responses +
Doi10.1080/00986280802004594 +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Wikipedia%2Band%2Bpsychology%3A%2Bcoverage%2Bof%2Bconcepts%2Band%2Bits%2Buse%2Bby%2Bundergraduate%2Bstudents%22 +
Has authorN. J. Schweitzer +
Has domainEducation + and Psychology +
Has topicComprehensiveness + and Domain-specific student readership +
Issue2 +
Pages81-85 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inTeaching of Psychology +
Research designStatistical analysis +
Research questionsA series of 3 studies examined Wikipedia’s coverage of psychologyrelated concepts, examined how accessibleWikipedia’s psychology content is when using Internet search engines, and described how both first-year and senior undergraduates use Wikipedia.
Revid11,086 +
TheoriesUndetermined
Theory typeAnalysis +
TitleWikipedia and psychology: coverage of concepts and its use by undergraduate students
Unit of analysisUser + and Website +
Urlhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00986280802004594 +
Volume35 +
Wikipedia coverageMain topic +
Wikipedia data extractionLive Wikipedia +
Wikipedia languageEnglish +
Wikipedia page typeOther +
Year2008 +