Previously, I looked at the type of citation used on Australian women’s sport articles on Wikipedia. I created a visual that can better help with understanding that before I look at which sources are used. This visual can begin to give an idea of how often these sources are actually used by better contextualising them if you understand that web and news citation templates are the ones that these urls are almost entirely drawn from.
The sources utilising journals and books tend to fall into categories of good articles or women’s basketball players. Being a good article though does not necessarily mean use of book sources. The water polo players, Jessica Gallagher and the goal ball players use neither despite being on this list. It is worth noting though, as the list was developed from articles with 25 or more sources, there are a large number of Good Articles and Did You Know Articles on this list.
Anyway, one with the main topic of the post. Against the same list of articles used in the previous post, a count was done for the total number of mentions to the following stringers/websites to understand how many times these sites were used. The list chosen represents a government site, sport federations, a multi-sport webhost popular for hosting by smaller sports, Olympic and Paralympic sites, Australian media sources and USA based media sources. They include abc.com.au, canberratimes.com.au, sports-reference.com, smh.com.au, theage.com.au, olympics.com.au, ausport.gov.au, news.com.au, ninemsn.com.au, basketball.net.au, paralympic.org.au, london2012.com, foxsports.com.au, sportingpulse.com, tennis.com.au, perthnow, reuters.com, bordermail.com.au, sports.org.au, and wsj.com. This information is important in terms of understanding what sources are drawn from to get a source of truth about Australian women’s sport.
What was the usage count?
This suggests that the source of knowledge comes from news sources. Specifically, it appears to come from Australian media sources. This becomes more obvious when the sources are grouped as Sport Organisations – paralympic.org.au, Government – ausport.gov.au, Australian media – canberratimes.com.au, Australian media – abc.com.au, Sport Organisations – olympics.com.au, Australian media – theage.com.au, Australian media – foxsports.com.au, Australian media – ninemsn.com.au, Australian media – bordermail.com.au, Australian media – news.com.au, Australian media – smh.com.au, Sport Organisations – sportingpulse.com, Australian media – perthnow, Sport Organisations – sports.org.au, Sport Organisations – basketball.net.au, General sport – london2012.com, USA media – wsj.com, USA media – reuters.com, Sport Organisations – tennis.com.au, and General sport – sports-reference.com.
In the 1,294 articles included, 632 of the articles include one or more links to the sites checked. This is smaller than the total number of articles using citation templates by around 100 articles. The sampled sites represent a large number of articles but not all. United States media sources are not being used to cover Australian women’s sports, with only five links. Australian media dominates, with three times as many links this source type at 1,289 compared to 403 for sport organisations and 180 for the government and 209 for general sport sites. A major difference is the total use of these sources. While there were 45 articles that had 25 or more uses of reference templates, there are only six articles, all about basketball players, that link to one of these sites 25 or more times. When all articles that link to these sites 10 or more times are included, there are 43 articles. The graph below shows the comparative usage of these source types, and reinforces the notion that the truth about Australian women’s sport comes from the Australian media. How much of this is a result of the necessity to use these sources because other source types are unavailable or the need to prove notability is another issue.