Source Wikipedia
The Free Encyclopedia
Publication information
Type Miscellaneous
Publisher Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
Place issued Online
Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. (Online: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.).
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 collaboratively edited, multilingual, free Internet encyclopedia that is supported by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation. Volunteers worldwide collaboratively write Wikipedia's 30 million articles in 287 languages, including in the English Wikipedia. Anyone who can access the site can edit almost any of its articles, which on the Internet comprise[1] the largest and most popular general reference work,[2][3][4][5] ranking sixth globally among all websites on Alexa with an estimated 365 million readers.[2][6]

Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger launched Wikipedia on January 15, 2001, the latter[7] creating , a portmanteau of 'wiki' (the name of a type of collaborative website, from the Hawaiian ) and encyclo'pedia'.

Wikipedia's departure from the expert-driven style of encyclopedia-building and the presence of much unacademic content have received extensive attention in print media. In 2006, Time magazine recognized Wikipedia's participation in the rapid growth of online collaboration and interaction by millions of people around the world, in addition to YouTube, Reddit, MySpace, and Facebook.[8] Wikipedia has also become known as a news source because of the rapid update of articles related to breaking news.[9][10]

The open nature of Wikipedia has caused concerns about its writing, the amount of vandalism,[11][12] and the accuracy of information. Some articles contain unverified or inconsistent information,[13] though a 2005 investigation in Nature showed that the 42 science articles they compared came close to the level of accuracy of Encyclopædia Britannica.[14]

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.