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dc.contributor.author Luyt, Brendan
dc.contributor.author Tan, Daniel
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-21T01:52:25Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-21T01:52:25Z
dc.date.copyright 2010
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.citation Luyt, B., & Tan, D. (2010). Improving Wikipedia's credibility : references and citations in a sample of history articles. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 61(4), 715-722.
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10220/8598
dc.description.abstract 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.
dc.language.iso en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of the American Society for information science and technology
dc.rights © 2010 ASIS&T. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, ASIS&T. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: DOI [http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/asi.21304].
dc.subject DRNTU::Library and information science::Libraries::Information systems.
dc.title Improving Wikipedia's credibility : references and citations in a sample of history articles
dc.type Journal Article
dc.contributor.school Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/asi.21304
dc.description.version Accepted version

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