The wonder of Wikipedia

August 27, 2009

Phil Tresadern (Letters, 20 August) does not appear to favour Wikipedia, even if quoted by Bruce Charlton (Letters, 13 August).

As every school and university student knows, Wikipedia is not a research journal (although it is peer reviewed). It is an online encyclopaedia with online and offline sources, and those sources can be anything that might verify the content of a Wikipedia article.

In the past few years, the drive to cite references and sources has grown, and Wikipedia stands (at 3 million articles in English alone) to be a fascinating and reliable resource, as opposed to much of the material to be found on the internet.

Gordon Joly, London.

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