8 – Wikipedia

UP 3 places from 2018

Wikipedia is a key resource for quickly finding out about a topic, and then for delving into primary resources for deeper information.

Website: wikipedia.org
Cost: Free
Availability: Online

Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2019: 7
Top 100 Tools for Workplace Learning 2019: 11
Top 100 Tools for Higher Education 2019: 25

Past Overall Rankings
2018: 11.    2017: 10     2016: 11     2015: 12     2014: 18     2013: 14
2012: 10     2011: 11     2010: 16     2009: 17     2008: 13     2007:26

Comments from some of those who selected Wikipedia as one of their Top Tools in 2019

“I can get quick information and an overview about a new subject.” Student/HR Intern, Germany

“Immediate answers to questions, and links to other related topics.” IT Director, USA

“Biggest knowledge base and a good start for research” HR Manager, Germany

“The place to be when you are unsure about facts. Been using this for a whole ton of years now” Account Manager, Netherlands

“search for fast definitions” College Professor, Spain

“Able to find almost any personal and professional information. It also provide other relevant links” Lecturer, Malaysia

“Always available, pretty comprehensive” Knowledge Management Specialist, Brazil

“It satisfies my curiosity” Trainer, India

“For me, one of the main reasons for the interest in this tool is the ability to use free photos of past artistic works.” University Lecturer, Russia

“Extensive content” Semi-retired, France

Previous comments

“A fantastic resource for almost every conceivable subject with amazing potentials for digging deeper into subjects through linked articles. Astounding accuracy due to such a dedicated community of reviewers.” Anon, UK

“Where to start looking for info” Carlos Lopez March, Spain

“although I am aware there can be mistakes it is the easiest reference for a wide number of topics” Josh Gertz, USA

“I don’t know what to do without this amazing website” Consultant, Netherlands

“Not sure how I always end up on Wikipedia, but I do. I could spend all day on Wikipedia.” Emily Madden

“for low level but readable introduction to complex subjects” University/College teacher, UK, 2016

“for finding information of relative high quality on anything and everything” Lars Hegemann, L&D Manager, Belgium, 2016

“the biggest encyclopedia in the world” L&D Manager, Germany,2016

“an increasingly amazing free source of information. Invariably has the answers to the questions I’m asking and acts as a springboard for deeper learning.” Charless Jennings, Consultant, UK, 2016

“No need to say: Wikipedia is a marvelous construction!” Ulrik Gerdes, University/College teacher, Denmark, 2016

“the first place to start any research” Roger Mundell, Vendor, Canada, 2016

“Wikipedia continues to be the reference source for anything” Richard Mundell, 2015

“only the single largest (free) collection of collaborative knowledge in the history of history …” JD Dillon, 2015

“quick explanation of concepts” Saif Altalib, 2015

“Even though I encourage my students to not always trust the site, it’s a great starting point” Diane Lowery 2014
“good quick 1st reference for finding out about things in both work and home” Tanya Lau 2014
“first but not last stop for research” 2014
“you can find any information in the nick of time” Olga Vareli, 2014

“great resource for a first info about a topic”  Natalie Raeber 2013
“While regarded as non-academic, Wikipedia has single handedly made encyclopaedia’s a thing of the past. Huge body of knowledge thats free to access – self explanatory”  Shakir Ahmad 2013
“I always turn to Wikipedia if I need to know more about almost anything” 2013
“The biggest library for one and all”  Akash Bhatia 2013
“whenever my memory fails me….”  Charles Jennings 2013
“Quick reference”  Jason de Nys 2013

Pre-2013 comments

“Excellent, accessible and accurate. Another starting point for web research.” Karl Goddard

“Often top of the list when searching a topic on Google, Wikipedia has all the bases covered” Rich Chetwynd

“I use a lot of materials from the Wikimedia Commons in most things that I create.”  Hans de Zwart

“The collective encyclopedia where I look whenever I need to know more about something”  Guy Boulet

“A starting point and ending point for most of the things I research.”  Janet Clarey

“Who needs to write a glossary anymore in an online course? By default, I always send my students to wikipedia now.”  Daniel Lemire

“Wikipedia is now maturing to an extent that you can rely its content as much as you can on edited and proofed traditional encyclopaedias.”  Charles Jennings

“Has become a backbone for personal learning and research. From personal interests to unknown acronyms it is the first place I look to search for information”  Rebecca Jones