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The Advantages and Disadvantages Of Using Wikipedia For Research

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In most instances when we Google search for things on the internet, the first answer we get comes from Wikipedia as much as we get a mouthful of information from them sometimes Wikipedia isn’t a great source. Below is a list of advantages and disadvantages that come with using Wikipedia for research purposes.

Advantages

  • anyone can edit
  • easy to use and learn
  • Wikis are instantaneous so there is no need to wait for a publisher to create a new edition or update information
  • people located in different parts of the world can work on the same document
  • the wiki software keeps track of every edit made and it’s a simple process to revert back to a previous version of an article
  • widens access to the power of web publishing to non-technical users
  • Wikipedia has no predetermined structure – consequently it is a flexible tool which can be used for a wide range of applications
  • There are a wide range of open source software wiki’s to choose from so licensing costs shouldn’t be a barrier to installing an institutional Wikipedia.

Disadvantages

Advantages in one context, may be disadvantages in another.

  • Anyone can edit so this may be too open for some applications, for example confidential documentation. However it is possible to regulate user access.
  • Open to SPAM and Vandalism if not managed properly. There are easy ways to restore a page however, and on WikiEducator you must be logged in to edit pages so this reduces vandalism by automated spam bots.
  • Requires Internet connectivity to collaborate, but technologies to produce print versions of articles are improving
  • The flexibility of a wiki’s structure can mean that information becomes disorganised. As a wiki grows, the community plans and administers the structure collaboratively.
  • The usual guidelines for healthy computer use apply

 

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