Happy Birthday Wikipedia

BirthdayOne of the most beloved sources for information on the web, Wikipedia, turns seven this week. According to Alexa: The Web Information Company, Wikipedia is the 9th most popular site on the internet! And no wonder. While JHU students, faculty, and staff have access to a wide range of subscription online encyclopedias, such as Britannica Online and AccessScience, others rely solely on Wikipedia for their encyclopedic needs. It's free, after all, and is arguably the largest, fastest growing and most popular general reference work currently available on the Internet.

"What's my favorite Wikipedia tool?" Well, since you asked, it's WikiCharts. This tool reveals which articles from the English Wikipedia are viewed most. WikiCharts is still in testing, though, and may report wrong results.

Happy birthday, Wikipedia.

About Leigh Anne Palmer

Librarian for English, Writing Seminars, and Film and Media Studies through August 2008.

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