Wikipedia and LIS: A study of coverage of concepts for UGC-NET

N. S., Harinarayana ; S, Meenakshi ; N., Vasantha Raju

Abstract

UGC-NET is an eligibility examination for those who are aspiring for the academic jobs in the universities and colleges in India. There are multiple sources, mainly printed publications, available for preparation of UGC-NET exams. The present study examines the suitability of Wikipedia as a source for preparation. The 396 topics culled from the UGC-NET syllabus in LIS was compared for their coverage in Wikipedia. It was found that 55.55% of the topics are available on Wikipedia. The answers to the previous years’ questions were also searched. The study found that 35.48% of answers could be traced in Wikipedia. The Wikipedia was also examined from other parameters such as up-to-datedness, comprehensiveness, illustrations, and references and external links. The analyses show that Wikipedia could be a source for preparation for UGC-NET. The study has an implication for those who are seeking the eligibility for the jobs through UGC-NET.


Keyword(s)

Wikipedia; Course material; Examination; LIS education; UGC-NET; Reference source


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