14 – Wikipedia

Wikipedia is the biggest multi-national free content encyclopaedia in the world. It has been written collaboratively by volunteers around the world and the vast majority of its articles can be edited by anyone with access to the Internet. Although no longer in the top 10, Wikipedia maintains a high position on the list.

Website Cost Availability
www.wikipedia.org Free Online
RANKINGS
2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
14 10 11 16 17 13 26=

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

“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