Wikipedia – Your “FREE” vast resource for information…

The first place I head to when I have a question about a particular term, topic or subject is Wikipedia. It is your “FREE” vast resource for information on just about anything.


What is Wikipedia?

It is by far the largest accumulation of reference information, freely accessible, thus far in our lifetime.  Wikipedia is written collaboratively by volunteers from all around the world; anyone can edit it.  As a result, it has long been controversial among scholars and teachers (for accuracy), but is extremely popular by people like me (and now you). Wikipedia is so popular (top ten website) that it solely relies on donations and charitable foundations to maintain operations.  There is no advertising on the Wikipedia site.   

For those of you that do not know what Wikipedia is, I looked it up for you on Wikipedia.  The following excerpts are provided:

Wikipedia (pronounced /ˌwiːkiˈpiːdiə/ or /ˌwɪkəˈpiːdiə/) is a multilingual, Web-based, free-content encyclopedia project.

Wikipedia is written collaboratively by volunteers from all around the world; anyone can edit it. Since its creation in 2001, Wikipedia has grown rapidly into one of the largest reference Web sites, attracting at least 684 million visitors yearly by 2008. There are more than 75,000 active contributors working on more than 10,000,000 articles in more than 260 languages. 

An easy way to use Wikipedia…

One easy way to use Wikipedia is to “Wiki” your topic, term, or subject using your favorite search engine (e.g. Google, Yahoo, Live Search). I always try to limit the search to a few words. For example, a hot topic in world news is Israel and the Gaza Strip. To help me get a better understanding about that conflict, I did a “Wiki” search, using Google,  for the term “Gaza”. You simply type “Wiki Gaza” into the search box. You can do this for any topic you may be looking for.  You can click on the Google graphic below to see the actual search result.   

Wiki Gaza



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