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How Accurate Is Wikipedia?

Title: How Accurate Is Wikipedia?.
Name(s): Chianese, Samantha L., author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2015
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The accuracy of Wikipedia is often debated, due to the fact that anyone is allowed to edit the website's articles. The purpose of this project is to analyze how various events from the Second World War, specifically those events related to and orchestrated by Nazi Germany, are explained on the English version of Wikipedia, and to see if they are similarly described on the corresponding pages of other languages' versions of the site. This allows for comparison of how certain aspects of history are perceived by different countries, and can also be used as a means to research the accuracy with which historical events are depicted. This is done by analyzing the articles on a variety of levels: information given, word count, number of references and sources, the articles' tones, the edit histories (specifically the parts of the articles which are most often revised), and how word choices and descriptions differ between articles. After examining Wikipedia, research is done wherein academic sources written in the non-English target languages are found and studied. These sources are analyzed using similar methods to the above, and are additionally used as a means to gather information on topics that Wikipedia does not thoroughly cover.
Identifier: FSU_migr_undergradsymposium2015-0002 (IID)
Keywords: wikipedia, language, history
Subject(s): History
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Undergraduate Research Symposium 2015.

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