How do students trust Wikipedia? An examination across genders

Jun Huang, Si Shi*, Yang Chen, Vincent W S CHOW

*Corresponding author for this work

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    Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to tend to further develop an understanding of information trustworthiness in the context of Wikipedia and examine the moderating effects of gender on the association between trustworthiness and intention to adopt Wikipedia information. Design/methodology/approach: Based on a four-dimensional framework of information trustworthiness, the authors began the research by identifying Wikipedia as an application of online information so as to construct a model and develop an instrument based on this trustworthiness framework. Findings: The results confirm that information accuracy, stability, and validity are significantly related to users’ intentions to adopt information from Wikipedia, but objectivity is not. Meanwhile, moderating role for gender on some of these effects is confirmed. Academic and practical implications are discussed. Originality/value: Previous research considers the open-editing characteristics of Wikipedia as both strength and weakness; it allows for wide coverage of the information contributed by various users, but can also lead to a lack of trustworthiness. It has also been suggested that trustworthiness is perceived differently by males and females. Understanding how gender plays a role in differentiating the impact of trustworthiness on user intentions to adopt Wikipedia information could benefit both academics and practitioners.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)750-773
    Number of pages24
    JournalInformation Technology and People
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

    Scopus Subject Areas

    • Information Systems
    • Computer Science Applications
    • Library and Information Sciences

    User-Defined Keywords

    • Gender
    • Information
    • Trust
    • Wikis/Wikipedia


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