How college students use Wikipedia

Source: ALA email list 3/17/10

WikipediaHow college students use Wikipedia
A study by Alison J. Head and Michael B. Eisenberg at the University of Washington Information School showed that college students “frequently used Wikipedia for background information, but less often than they used other common resources, such as course readings and Google. Architecture, engineering, and science majors were more likely to use Wikipedia for course-related research than respondents in other majors.” Wikipedia offers them “a mixture of coverage, currency, convenience, and comprehensibility in a world where credibility is less of a given.”…
First Monday 15, no. 3 (Mar. 1)

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About repplinger

John has served as a Reference Librarian at Willamette University since 2002. He is the liaison to the Science Departments, and is responsible for maintaining the collections related to the life & physical sciences. His research interests range over the entire spectrum of libraries and information sciences, but includes: - Google and its influence on information & society - The Internet's influence on information seeking & sharing behaviors - Trends of scholarly communication - Electronic learning environments - Traditional pedagogy - GIS use in academic libraries

Posted on March 18, 2010, in Libraries and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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