Wikipedia: Redefining Research

Over the past decade, Wikipedia has grown to become the largest and most popular general reference work on the Internet, ranking sixth globally among all websites on Alexa and having an estimated 365 million readers worldwide. According to Wikipedia, it currently contains 21 million articles (over 3.9 million in English alone) that are written collaboratively by volunteers around the world. As of January 2012, there are editions of Wikipedia in 283 languages. Undoubtedly, Wikipedia has become one of the most successful wiki and the most visited encyclopedia online.

Also, Wikipedia has grown to be the number one source for students. Students use Wikipedia more than libraries. Thanks to Jen Rhee who shared with me this outstanding infographic about how Wikipedia. This infographic highlights how Wikipedia has revolutionized research and how it has become a reliable fountain of knowledge.


About Steve Yuen

I am a Professor Emeritus of Instructional Technology and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States.
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3 Responses to Wikipedia: Redefining Research

  1. David says:

    What an impressive infographic! Wikipedia’s popularity seems to endless.

    • wendywang says:

      I agree, Seemed to have the publishing industry recession,of course, We can use the network information to learn more anytime, anywhere; you can search any keypoint word for anything you want to kown, Many of the supporting information and picture linked will explain the concept clearly, I like to use Wikipedia for the computer’s learning course ; I introduce CPU concept from Wikipedia because it’s information always update for now. so I like .

  2. 今天,在許多熟知網路使用的年輕人心中,維基百科早就已經成為他們交學校作業最愛仰賴的百科全書。維基百科是「眾人一起製作」的線上百科全書。
    傳統的百科全書,一般的網友就只能當「讀者」。但在維基百科,我們既是「讀者」,也是「作者」。任何人都可以對一篇文章提供修改、增加註解、提出爭議、投票表決等等。據《Nature》雜誌做過一項調查指出,維基百科在自然科學方面的文章,已經幾乎和知名的百科全書《大英百科》(Encyclopedia Britannica)幾乎同樣的正確。

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