Wikipedia and psychology: Coverage of concepts and its use by undergraduate students

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-85
Number of pages5
JournalTeaching of Psychology
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2008

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Wikipedia and psychology : Coverage of concepts and its use by undergraduate students. / Schweitzer, Nicholas.

In: Teaching of Psychology, Vol. 35, No. 2, 04.2008, p. 81-85.

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