Source Wikipedia
The Free Encyclopedia
Publication information
Type Website
Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
http://www.wikipedia.orgFree website


Usage Tips

As described on Wikipedia itself:

the text in this section is copied from an article in Wikipedia

Wikipedia ( or ) is a free-access, free content Internet encyclopedia, supported and hosted by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation. Those who can access the site and follow its rules can edit most of its articles. Wikipedia is ranked among the ten most popular websites[1] and constitutes the Internet's largest and most popular general reference work.[2][3]

Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger launched Wikipedia on January 15, 2001. Sanger[4] coined , a portmanteau of 'wiki' (from the Hawaiian ) and encyclo'pedia'. Initially only in English, Wikipedia quickly developed similar multilingual versions, differing in content and in editing practices. The English Wikipedia is now one of more than 200 Wikipedias and is the largest with articles. As of February 2014, it had 18 billion page views and nearly 500 million unique visitors each month.[5] Globally, Wikipedia had more than 19 million accounts, out of which there were about 69,000 active editors as of November 2014.

Supporters of Wikipedia's accuracy cite a 2005 survey of Wikipedia published in Nature based on a comparison of 42 science articles with Encyclopædia Britannica, which found that Wikipedia's level of accuracy approached Encyclopædia Britannicas.[6] Critics argue Wikipedia exhibits systemic bias.[7] Wikipedia has been criticized for being a mixture of "truths, half truths, and some falsehoods",[7] and subject to manipulation and spin.[8]

Citation Practice

Wikipedia is cited on WeRelate in two different ways. First, as a source citation and second using a template to pull in the first paragraph of the English Wikipedia article into the WeRelate page.

For detailed guidelines, see Help:Guidelines for use of Wikipedia

Source citation

Common practice:

Cite Wikipedia as the source title and place the article name in the "Record Name" field in the form [[Wikipedia:Article name|Article name]].

Advanced practice:

In general, for electronic online sources which may change at any time, it is good practice to reference the exact version of the source being cited. This can be accomplished by citing the date that the article was accessed and/or providing the permanent article link that can be created by Wikipedia (in the Toolbox located in the left margin of the page). The template {{Wikipedia article}} has been created to provide a simple means of using a permanent article link in source citations. It may be placed in the "Record name" field of the source citation. An example of its usage is provided below.

Referencing an article with the ID number from the permanent link:

Code: {{Wikipedia article|Henry VIII of England|id=404620395}}
Displays as: "Henry VIII of England"

(This practice is not commonly employed on WeRelate because the most common information used from Wikipedia are birth and death dates, which change in the underlying article fairly infrequently; in addition, the template information pulled in (see below) is updated periodically and will reflect those changes.)

Including Wikipedia content

Use the form {{source-wikipedia|Article name}} where you would like the introductory paragraph from the Wikipedia article to appear. The template will be updated with Wikipedia content the following Sunday morning.

Additional Resources

This page uses content from the English Wikipedia. The original content was at Wikipedia. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with WeRelate, the content of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.