Putting Wikipedia to the test: a case study

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Putting Wikipedia to the test: a case study
Authors: Michael P. Pender, Kaye Lasserre, Lisa Kruesi, Christopher Del Mar, Satyamurthy Anuradha
Citation: SLA Biomedical and Life Sciences Division  : 2008
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Publisher: Special Libraries Association
Meeting: Special Libraries Association Annual Conference
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Link(s): http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/eserv/UQ:193433/SLA_Paper.pdf
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Putting Wikipedia to the test: a case study is a small quantative study on the quality of Wikipedia as an information resource for medical students

The study looked on just three medical topics:

  • Conjunctivitis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Otitis media

and did a blinded comparison with three other online services

The study is also reported in the short journal letter Is Wikipedia unsuitable as a clinical information resource for medical students?.

[edit] Related studies

Wikipedia quality studies:

  1. Reliability of Wikipedia as a medication information source for pharmacy students
  2. Scope, completeness, and accuracy of drug information in Wikipedia
  3. Wiki-surgery? internal validity of Wikipedia as a medical and surgical reference

[edit] Critique

  1. The study examined only 3 topics (articles) in each resource making it difficult to generalize the results.

[edit] External links

  1. http://fnielsen.posterous.com/putting-putting-wikipedia-to-the-test-a-case
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