Gone those days, when “google it” was my favorite phrase? Just try to google anything you like, and you will end up with millions of crap results. Last night I was googling an article for my college assignment and everytime I landed on booksellers site.Now try Wikipedia, everything you ought to know is here.
Launched in 2001, Wikipedia is now the largest reference Web site on the Internet, but users of the free online encyclopedia should take care to use Wikipedia wisely.(Why,I will explain it later)
“The name Wikipedia is a portmanteau of the words wiki (a type of collaborative website) and encyclopedia.” “Wikipedia is written collaboratively by volunteers from all around the world. With rare exceptions, its articles can be edited by anyone with access to the Internet.” (Source: Wikipedia: About.)
Interestingly Wikipedia Founder Discourages Academic Use of His Creation
“Wikipedia’s founder, Jimmy Wales, says he wants to get the message out to college students that they shouldn’t use it for class projects or serious research.”
To its credit, Wikipedia acknowledges its limitations. Wikipedia spokesperson Sandra Ordonez advises, “Wikipedia is the ideal place to start your research and get a global picture of a topic, however, it is not an authoritative source. In fact, we recommend that students check the facts they find in Wikipedia against other sources. Additionally, it is generally good research practice to cite an original source when writing a paper, or completing an exam. It’s usually not advisable, particularly at the university level, to cite an encyclopedia.”
Criticism of Wikipedia:
Notable criticisms include that its open nature makes it unauthoritative and unreliable, that it exhibits systemic bias, and that its group dynamics hinder its goals. Specific and oft-heard criticisms include the encyclopedia’s exposure to obvious or subtle vandalism, attempts by strongly opinionated editors to dominate articles, inaccurate or sometimes non-existent sourcing for controversial assertions in articles, and edit wars and other types of nonconstructive conflict among editors.Particularly noteworthy controversies about Wikipedia’s content and editors have attracted wide and unfavorable media attention.
Not everything on Wikipedia is accurate but there is so much information on almost every topic possible. Don’t know about something, just look it up on Wikipedia and within a few minutes you can be informed.
So, why Wiki it and not Google it :
- For Research – If you plan on researching using wikipedia, just keep an eye out for ‘citation needed’. Besides that, you’re in good shape. A good tactic for effective researching is using the search bar once, and then using that topic to link to other topics.
- For News – Wikinews can be used as a simple, effective news source. The stories are updated very quickly, and you can even RSS it.
- For Sharing – If you’re an ‘expert’ on a certain topic, don’t hesitate to spread your wealth of knowledge using Wikipedia.
- For Quotes – Wikiquotes is an awesome resource for finding quotes. Searching is quick and accurate, and the pages are kept simple so you can really find what you’re looking for.
- For Species? – Yeah, I know how much you’re all interested in species (sorry, biology gurus) but hey, you never know when you might need the info. They’re listed and categorized in a hierarchical manner, so it’s pretty easy to find your way around (if you can pronounce complex Latin).
- For Reading – I didn’t know about this one until recently, but it’s another sweet resource. Wikisource provides over 72,000 pages of literature texts. That could last you a while.
- For School – Of course Wikipedia itself comes in handy for school work, but there’s also the seldom-known (at least where I’m from) Wikibooks for text books. Full textbooks are available, and are provided in PDF format. If you’re still in school, this is another great resource.
- For Meta – Wiki software base.Only if you are interested in Open source.
- For images,sounds and videos – All shared material,without any copyrights violation.
- For Definations – Online dicti
onary, with full reference plus grammer support.
- For Fun – Can you say ‘random article‘?
And in last my favorite :
- For personalisation – editthis.info , a site where you can create a wiki in seconds for free. Try this .
Comment me, if you have better ideass for wiki.