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Improving wikipedia's credibility: References and citations in a sample of history articles
Abstract This study evaluates how well the authors This study evaluates how well the authors of Wikipedia history articles adhere to the site's policy of assuring verifiability through citations. It does so by examining the references and citations of a subset of country histories. The findings paint a dismal picture. Not only are many claims not verified through citations, those that are suffer from the choice of references used. Many of these are from only a few {US} government Websites or news media and few are to academic journal material. Given these results, one response would be to declare Wikipedia unsuitable for serious reference work. But another option emerges when we jettison technological determinism and look at Wikipedia as a product of a wider social context. Key to this context is a world in which information is bottled up as commodities requiring payment for access. Equally important is the problematic assumption that texts are undifferentiated bearers of knowledge. Those involved in instructional programs can draw attention to the social nature of texts to counter these assumptions and by so doing create an awareness for a new generation of Wikipedians and Wikipedia users of the need to evaluate texts (and hence citations) in light of the social context of their production and use. {2010ASIST.t of their production and use. {2010ASIST.
Abstractsub This study evaluates how well the authors This study evaluates how well the authors of Wikipedia history articles adhere to the site's policy of assuring verifiability through citations. It does so by examining the references and citations of a subset of country histories. The findings paint a dismal picture. Not only are many claims not verified through citations, those that are suffer from the choice of references used. Many of these are from only a few {US} government Websites or news media and few are to academic journal material. Given these results, one response would be to declare Wikipedia unsuitable for serious reference work. But another option emerges when we jettison technological determinism and look at Wikipedia as a product of a wider social context. Key to this context is a world in which information is bottled up as commodities requiring payment for access. Equally important is the problematic assumption that texts are undifferentiated bearers of knowledge. Those involved in instructional programs can draw attention to the social nature of texts to counter these assumptions and by so doing create an awareness for a new generation of Wikipedians and Wikipedia users of the need to evaluate texts (and hence citations) in light of the social context of their production and use. {2010ASIST.t of their production and use. {2010ASIST.
Bibtextype article  +
Has author Brendan Luyt + , Daniel Tan +
Has remote mirror http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/asi.21304  +
Number of citations by publication 2  +
Number of references by publication 0  +
Peer-reviewed Yes  +
Published in Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology +
Title Improving wikipedia's credibility: References and citations in a sample of history articles +
Type journal article  +
Volume 61  +
Year 2010 +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 20 September 2014 17:02:59  +
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DateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 2010  +
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