Wednesday, March 17, 2010

How students use Wikipedia?!?

College students love Wikipedia, and a study published in the journal First Monday offers details on how they use the Web encyclopedia.

Among the findings of a survey at six different colleges:
  • A majority frequently used it for background information, but less often than they used course readings and Google.

  • Architecture, engineering, and science majors were more likely to use Wikipedia for course research than were those in other majors.
  • Wikipedia is generally used in combination with other information, not alone.

Alison J. Head and Michael B. Eisenberg. How students use Wikipedia First Monday, Volume 15, Number 3 - 1 March 2010.

[credit: Inside Higher Education, March 17, 2010]

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