Wikipedia has a lofty goal: a comprehensive collection of all of the knowledge in the world.
Wikipedia has a lofty goal: a comprehensive collection of all of the knowledge in the world.

Wikipedia's purpose is to benefit readers by acting as a widely accessible and free encyclopedia; a comprehensive written compendium that contains information on all branches of knowledge. The goal of a Wikipedia article is to present a neutrally written summary of existing mainstream knowledge in a fair and accurate manner with a straightforward, "just-the-facts style". Articles should have an encyclopedic style with a formal tone instead of essay-like, argumentative, promotional or opinionated writing.

Concept of an encyclopedia
Wikipedia is intended to be the largest, most comprehensive, and most widely-available encyclopedia ever written
Wikipedia's content is governed by three principal core content policies - neutral point of view, verifiability, and no original research

See also

Further information: Wikipedia:Essay directory § About Wikipedia

References

  1. ^ Diderot, Denis and d'Alembert, Jean le Rond Encyclopédie. University of Michigan Library: Scholarly Publishing Office and DLXS. Retrieved on: November 17, 2007
  2. ^ Sanger, Larry (1 November 2001), Wikipedia Policy, Wikipedia, archived from the original on 2007-12-11
  3. ^ Roblimo (28 July 2004). "Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales Responds". Slashdot. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Wikipedia is an encyclopedia". Wikimedia. March 8, 2005. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  5. ^ "Neutral point of view/draft - Meta". meta.wikimedia.org.
  6. ^ "Wikipedia: NeutralPointOfView". 16 April 2001.

External links

External video
video icon Jimmy Wales: The birth of Wikipedia, 2005 TED (conference), 20 mins.