Friday, May 1, 2015

Wikipedia is a free online Encyclopedia, and the most unique part is that Wikipedia is created by web users around the world.  Readers can find almost everything on it, and if one can’t find the articles, he/she can create the articles themselves.

photo by Giulia Forsythe

Here comes the question that senior students often ask, “ How accurate is the information on Wikipedia? ”

Wikipedia has a standard process to approve pages, articles and knowledge.  And It’s not that easy to put false information on Wikipedia.  Also on the basis of the research, the accuracy of Wikipedia is between 68% to 97.5%, depending on the subjects.*  However, bear in mind: even though the information is accurate, it’s not all that complete.  

This may sound alarming for users who are not familiar with Wikipedia.  However, put it in plain English, this only means Wikipedia is a good place to “get to know” whatever you are looking for, and find grounds where you can start the research.  Most of  the time, the issue that readers face today is not about false information, but more about biases coming from authors.  

At the end, as we talk about in What Does WWW really stand for?, always check more websites and other information sources before you make up your mind.  

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Now, you can either read the related articles, or share this page. Then get up and enjoy your life.

*Jona Kräenbring, Tika Monzon Penza, Joanna Gutmann, Susanne Muehlich, Oliver Zolk, Leszek Wojnowski, Renke Maas, Stefan Engelhardt, Antonio Sarikas. Accuracy and Completeness of Drug Information in Wikipedia: A Comparison with Standard Textbooks of Pharmacology.

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