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From Encyclopædia Britannica to Wikipedia: Generational differences in the perceived credibility of online encyclopedia information
Abstract This study examined the perceived credibilThis study examined the perceived credibility of user-generated (i.e. Wikipedia) versus more expertly provided online encyclopedic information (i.e. Citizendium, and the online version of the Encyclopædia Britannica) across generations. Two large-scale surveys with embedded quasi-experiments were conducted: among 11 –18-year-olds living at home and among adults 18 years and older. Results showed that although use of Wikipedia is common, many people (particularly adults) do not truly comprehend how Wikipedia operates in terms of information provision, and that while people trust Wikipedia as an information source, they express doubt about the appropriateness of doing so. A companion quasi-experiment found that both children and adults assess information to be more credible when it originates or appears to originate from Encyclopædia Britannica. In addition, chil- dren rated information from Wikipedia to be less believable when they viewed it on Wikipedia’s site than when that same information appeared on either Citizendium’s site or on Encyclopædia Britannica’s site. Indeed, content originating from Wikipe- dia was perceived by children as least credible when it was shown on a Wikipedia page, yet the most credible when it was shown on the page of Encyclopædia Brit- annica. The practical and theoretical implications of these results are discussed.plications of these results are discussed.
Abstractsub This study examined the perceived credibilThis study examined the perceived credibility of user-generated (i.e. Wikipedia) versus more expertly provided online encyclopedic information (i.e. Citizendium, and the online version of the Encyclopædia Britannica) across generations. Two large-scale surveys with embedded quasi-experiments were conducted: among 11 –18-year-olds living at home and among adults 18 years and older. Results showed that although use of Wikipedia is common, many people (particularly adults) do not truly comprehend how Wikipedia operates in terms of information provision, and that while people trust Wikipedia as an information source, they express doubt about the appropriateness of doing so. A companion quasi-experiment found that both children and adults assess information to be more credible when it originates or appears to originate from Encyclopædia Britannica. In addition, chil- dren rated information from Wikipedia to be less believable when they viewed it on Wikipedia’s site than when that same information appeared on either Citizendium’s site or on Encyclopædia Britannica’s site. Indeed, content originating from Wikipe- dia was perceived by children as least credible when it was shown on a Wikipedia page, yet the most credible when it was shown on the page of Encyclopædia Brit- annica. The practical and theoretical implications of these results are discussed.plications of these results are discussed.
Bibtextype article  +
Doi 10.1080/1369118X.2010.542823  +
Has author Andrew J. Flanagin + , Miriam J. Metzger +
Has keyword Information credibility + , Social media + , User generated content + , Wikipedia + , Web 2.0 +
Has reference Wikipedia uncovered + , Blogs, wikipedia, second life and beyond – from production to produsage + , An empirical examination of wikipedia’s credibility + , Internet encyclopaedias go head to head + , Quantitative analysis of user-generated content on the web + , Wikipedia Users + , Wikipedia vs encyclopaedia: a question of trust? +
Issn 1468-4462  +
Issue 3  +
Language English +
Number of citations by publication 1  +
Number of references by publication 7  +
Pages 355 –374  +
Published in Information, Communication & Society +
Title From Encyclopædia Britannica to Wikipedia: Generational differences in the perceived credibility of online encyclopedia information +
Type journal article  +
Volume 14  +
Year 2010 +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 27 January 2013 17:34:41  +
Categories Duplicate publication  + , Publications without license parameter  + , Publications without remote mirror parameter  + , Publications without archive mirror parameter  + , Publications without paywall mirror parameter  + , Journal articles  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 27 January 2013 17:34:41  +
DateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 18 November 2010  +
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