TO WIKI OR NOT TO WIKI: IS THAT REALLY THE QUESTION? 3

ToWiki or Not to Wiki: Is That Really the Question?

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ToWiki or Not to Wiki: Is That Really the Question?

Q1

Theuse of Wikipedia as a source of information in academic researchevokes issues concerned with accuracy, reliability of the source ofinformation and the credibility of research(Rowley &amp Johnson, 2013).I would say that on several occasions, I have used Wikipedia. Forinstance, when I want to get quick information on a general topiclike global warming or an organization’s information, especiallyits location, Wikipedia is a ready source of evidence because it hasno restrictions(England &amp Harriss, 2016).Again, I have used Wikipedia to access general information that isnot academic, for instance, when I need information on a particularpersonality or a course of history.

Q2

Wikipediais a good source to jump-start a research project. There is nothingwrong with the ideas because any data obtained in academic work mustbe verified for reliability and credibility. Students doing researchare expected to evaluate their sources of information critically.Importantly, a vast majority of information on the site is accurateand only needs verification by examining other credible sources likeacademic journals (Harvard, 2016). Experts believe that suchmaterial is unreliable and should only be considered accurate whenthe views presented correlate with other dependable sources. However,I treat the information from Wikipedia as cautious as possible.Remember, Wiki’s founder, Jimmy Wales in 2005, said that studentsshould not cite the information in their research, just like onecannot cite Britannica or any other encyclopedia(Biddix, Chung &amp Park, 2011). More critically, a blanket condemnation of Wikipedia’s reliabilityand accuracy can be misleading because it offers useful backgroundinformation in starting research (Harvard, 2016).

References

Biddix,J. P., Chung, C. J &amp Park, H. W. (2011). Convenience orcredibility? A study of college

studentonline research behaviors. TheInternet and Higher Education.14(3):pp.175-182

England,P &amp Harriss, A. (2016). Reliable sources of information.OccupationalHealth &amp

Wellbeing.68(2):p.27.

Harvard(2016). What’s Wrong with Wikipedia? Harvard Guide to UsingSources.

Rowley,J &amp Johnson, F. (2013). Understanding trust formation in digitalinformation sources:

Thecase of Wikipedia. Journalof Information Science,0165551513477820.

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