On 10/2/2010 8:59 AM, Andreas Kolbe wrote:
I do believe the fact that there is less of a culture
of scholarly source research in en:WP, and a preference of press sources over scholarly
sources, especially in the humanities, impacts very negatively on en:WP's performance
in this area.
I believe this is twin to the common problem in English Wikipedia
culture of an inappropriate bias against sources that are not written in
English, or not readily findable online (and often both apply). Given
that English is much more of a lingua franca in the sciences than in
other disciplines, it should not be surprising if this leads to inferior
coverage in the humanities.