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Information about, how to evaluate, and use Wikipedia.

About Wikipedia

Wikipedia is a multilingual, web-based, free-content encyclopedia project based on an openly editable model. The name "Wikipedia" is a portmanteau of the words wiki (a technology for creating collaborative websites, from the Hawaiian word wiki, meaning "quick") and encyclopedia. Wikipedia's articles provide links to guide the user to related pages with additional information. Wikipedia is written collaboratively by largely anonymous Internet volunteers who write without pay. Anyone with Internet access can write and make changes to Wikipedia articles."  - Wikipedia

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Jimmy Wales - Wikipedia

This guide contains information about what Wikipedia is, how to use Wikipedia for college level research, how to evaluate individual Wikipedia articles.

Below is a TED Talk from Jimmy Wales, one of Wikipedia's founders about the "Birth of Wikipedia."

Adapted from Libguide created at William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University. Used with permission.