Why you can't cite Wikipedia in my class

  title={Why you can't cite Wikipedia in my class},
  author={Neil L. Waters},
  journal={Commun. ACM},
The online encyclopedia's method of adding information risks conflating facts with popular opinion. 
What We Know About Wikipedia: A Review of the Literature Analyzing the Project(s)
This article proposes a review of the literature analyzing Wikipedia as a collective system for producing knowledge. JEL Classification: L39, L86, H41, D71
Why I Love/Hate Wikipedia: Reflections upon (Not Quite) Subjugated Knowledges
Wikipedia is a well-known online encyclopedia, whose content is contributed and edited by volunteers. Its use by students for their research is, to be polite, controversial. Is Wikipedia really evil,
Wikipedia and the ecosystem of knowledge
This paper suggests academics contribute to articles in their field and use Wikipedia as a course assignment and make sure that the topics related to their discipline are fairly presented in this encyclopedia.
Teachers' Use of Wikipedia with Their Students.
One of the most impressive phenomena in the creation and dissemination of human knowledge in recent years is Wikipedia, an encyclopedia written collaboratively by Web users. Nevertheless, teachers
Lifting the veil: improving accountability and social transparency in Wikipedia with wikidashboard
A social dynamic analysis tool called WikiDashboard is described which aims to improve social transparency and accountability on Wikipedia articles, and early reactions from users suggest that the increased transparency afforded by the tool can improve the interpretation, communication, and trustworthiness of Wikipedia articles.
A Brief Review of Studies of Wikipedia in Peer-Reviewed Journals
  • Chitu Okoli
  • Art
    2009 Third International Conference on Digital Society
  • 2009
This paper reviews studies of Wikipedia that have been published in peer-reviewed journals and major sub-streams of research covered include: how and why Wikipedia works; assessments of the reliability of its content; using it as a data source for various studies; and applications of Wikipedia in different domains of endeavour.
Transparency and social responsibility issues for Wikipedia
It is shown that Wikipedia has the appearance, but not the reality, of responsible, transparent information production, and that this particular lack of transparency jeopardizes the validity of the information being produced by Wikipedia.
Wikipedia research and tools: Review and comments
An overview of Wikipedia and wiki research and tools is given, which serves to describe some key areas of research.
Use of Wikipedia by Legal Scholars: Implications for Information Literacy
This study examines the use of Wikipedia across a broad range of judicial and administrative bodies within New Zealand. The primary focus of the study is the use of Wikipedia in courts (and other
The wiki defense: contesting the status of knowledge in the floyd Landis doping case.
This theoretical essay applies active audience theory, convergence theory, and contemporary understandings of Web logs to an analysis of knowledge production in the antidoping movement. Using the


Can History Be Open Source? Wikipedia and the Future of the Past
History is a deeply individualistic craft. The singly authored work is the standard for the profession; only about 6 percent of the more than 32,000 scholarly works indexed since 2000 in this
Can history be open source
  • Journal of American History
  • 2006
Waters (nwaters@middlebury.edu) is a professor of history and the Kawashima Professor of Japanese Studies in the Department of History at Middlebury College
  • Waters (nwaters@middlebury.edu) is a professor of history and the Kawashima Professor of Japanese Studies in the Department of History at Middlebury College