mirage

Improving Wikipedia's credibility : references and citations in a sample of history articles.

DSpace/Manakin Repository

 

Search DR-NTU


Advanced Search Subject Search

Browse

My Account

Improving Wikipedia's credibility : references and citations in a sample of history articles.

Show full item record

Title: Improving Wikipedia's credibility : references and citations in a sample of history articles.
Author: Luyt, Brendan.; Tan, Daniel.
Copyright year: 2010
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.
Subject: DRNTU::Library and information science::Libraries::Information systems.
Type: Journal Article
Series/ Journal Title: Journal of the American Society for information science and technology
School: Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
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].
Version: Accepted version

Files in this item

Files Size Format View
5. Improving Wi ... le of history articles.pdf 163.6Kb PDF View/Open
   

DOI Query

- Get published version (via Digital Object Identifier)
   

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show full item record

Statistics

Total views

All Items Views
Improving Wikipedia's credibility : references and citations in a sample of history articles. 338

Total downloads

All Bitstreams Views
5. Improving Wikipedia’s credibility References and citations in a sample of history articles.pdf 340

Top country downloads

Country Code Views
United States of America 97
Singapore 94
China 42
Unknown Country 9
Spain 8

Top city downloads

city Views
Singapore 89
Mountain View 66
Beijing 27
Madrid 5
Montreal 3