10 – Wikipedia


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

Rankings in the previous surveys: 

2021: 11 2020: 11 2019: 8 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 on Wikipedia in 2022

“If you want to learn about something or do some research Wikipedia is the best tool to do that.”

“online encyclopedia, rarely any topic missing” Director, Knowledge Management, Austria

“A great starting-point for pretty much anything” Peter Forrest, Senior learning Consultant, UK

Previous comments on Wikipedia 

“I have edited Wikipedia pages and got students to edit pages. I think it is as reliable as any other source now.” Mark Allenby, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, UK, 2021

“An often used source for definitions, historical aspects, …” Peter Ueberfeldt, Consultant, Germany, 2021

“Great for finding more in depth answers to questions and articles etc.” Paul Stevens, UK, 2021

“Increasingly reliable source of knowledge.” G.J. van Enk, Manager Learning at Icademy e-learning (Assen, The Netherlands), 2021

“This is a great starting point for initial research. Just to familiarize yourself and then launch from there. I appreciate that the platform has stayed independent the entire time. Love the democracy of facts; truth wins out.” Jared, Visual Art Educator, USA, 2020

Reliable source of information.” Blended learning professional, Netherlands, 2020

“online encyclopedia, rarely any topic missing” Director Knowledge Management, Austria, 2020

“Learning more about topics of interest.” Elizabeth Robinson, CEO, Australia, 2020

“Always the first available link in Google, information almost always correct and free” Wessel Hebing, LinkedIn Marketer, Netherlands, 2020

How to use Wikipedia for Learning

Here you will find some basic guidance and links to resources on how to use Wikipedia for teaching, training, learning and development.

Individuals make good use of Wikipedia, particularly to start a search for something they know nothing or very little about, or perhaps to remind themselves of some key facts

If you have limited time but still would like to make sure you learn something new every day to broaden your general knowledge, then one simple thing you could do is to read a Wikipedia article every day. There are a couple of ways you could do this:

    1. Wikipedia has a random article feature, so just by clicking this link – wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Randompage – you will be taken to a random article. Some people set up their browser home page to go to this link whenever they open their browser. That would certainly be a good way to ensure you see it! Here’s how to do that:
    2. Wikipedia also has a featured article on its main page. You can sign up for a daily email with Wikipedia’s featured article here.
    3. Finally, take a look at this article for more about making use of Wikipedia to learn something new every day from MakeUseOf: The best of Wikipedia: 5 apps to find weird or interesting articles, MakeUseOf, September 2016

In education, Wikipedia is often not considered a reliable source for students, however, take a look at this article From My Dirty Little Secret to My Favorite Tool for E-Pedagogy: How One University Professor Learned to Love Wikipedia

Further resources

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