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ERIC Number: EJ791813
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6283
Wikipedia and Psychology: Coverage of Concepts and Its Use by Undergraduate Students
Schweitzer, N. J.
Teaching of Psychology, v35 n2 p81-85 Apr 2008
The online encyclopedia Wikipedia is a frequently referred-to source of information for Internet users. A series of 3 studies examined Wikipedia's coverage of psychology-related concepts, examined how accessible Wikipedia's psychology content is when using Internet search engines, and described how both first-year and senior undergraduates use Wikipedia. The results demonstrated that Wikipedia's coverage of psychological topics was comprehensive and prominently displayed on the major search engines. In addition, a majority of undergraduate students reported referring to Wikipedia for both personal and school-related activities; however, few students reported using Wikipedia as a formal reference in academic work. (Contains 2 tables and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A