Wikipedia is an extremely extensive general reference work (70 times the largest print encyclopedia) compiled by volunteers (from teenagers to emeritus professors), available in many languages. Wikipedia is free of charge, ad-free, and is wholly funded by donations. Anyone may edit Wikipedia meaning that not all articles have the same quality. Behind the screens each adjustment is visible and discussable. It is also good to know what Wikipedia is not.
Important Wikipedia versions:
Language versions are no straight translations. For each topic find out which language has the best article for you. The English version is often the most elaborate or reliable, but certainly not always!
As a rule you are allowed to cite anything you want, but there are two conditions:
However, in science citing reference works such as encyclopedias is not a common practice. Exceptions to this rule are:
Each Wikipedia article has a cite button in the left margin to generate a reference in a certain citation style.
Yet you will find an increasing number of articles about Wikipedia and articles citing Wikipedia in serious scientific journals.
More on checking the quality of Wikipedia articles on the page Find out more in this Wikipedia LibGuide.
You can help improve Wikipedia if you know a lot about a particular subject.
You can create a new article or edit a Wikipedia article. More information at the Wikipedia Community portal or follow a crash course. Concepts in red in an article mean that no information is available on that concept yet.
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