Credibility judgment and verification behavior of college students concerning Wikipedia

Sook Lim, Christine Simon

Abstract


This study examines credibility judgments in relation to peripheral cues and genre of Wikipedia articles, and attempts to understand user information verification behavior based on the theory of bounded rationality. Data were collected employing both an experiment and a survey at a large public university in the midwestern United States in Spring 2010. This study shows some interesting patterns. It appears that the effect of peripheral cues on credibility judgments differed according to genre. Those who did not verify information displayed a higher level of satisficing than those who did. Students used a variety of peripheral cues of Wikipedia. The exploratory data show that peer endorsement may be more important than formal authorities for user generated information sources, such as Wikipedia, which calls for further research.

Keywords


credibility; verification; theory of bounded rationality; Wikipedia

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/fm.v16i4.3263



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