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Search Wikis and Encyclopedias with Wiki.com

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Search Wikis and Encyclopedias with Wiki.com

An online encyclopedia (expert knowledge database) or a wiki (user-generated knowledge database) can be an awesome help in essential tasks you come across daily:

(1) Use it as a quick reference guide for the topics you have no expertise in and need an overall picture to get an idea;
(2) Use it for keyword research (by analyzing its interlinked structure: related and neighboring topics linked from the main article);
(3) Use it for finding and comparing definitions;
(4) Use it for finding additional (more often than not) solid references and external links, etc

Last week I came across a helpful tool that then ended up being added to my bookmarks: Wiki.com. It’s a Google custom search engine that offers to search throughout:

  • Wikipedia only;
  • Independent wikis;
  • Expert encyclopedias;
  • All wikis.

The tool turned really helpful to me, though I don’t think the database of independent wikis is large enough yet:

  • General wikis (Wikia.com; Wikiindex.org; Wikibooks.org; Wikimedia.org; Worldwindcentral.com; Wikileaks.org; etc);
  • Tech wikis (Microformats.org; W3.org; JSPwiki.org; Wikidot.com; wiki.apache.org; wiki.ubuntu.org; wiki.debian.org),

Encyclopedias indexed include:

  • Reference.com
  • LoveToKnow.com
  • Britannica.com
  • TheCanadianEncyclopedia.com
  • Infoplease.com
  • Refdesk.com

Like any Google custom search engine, Wiki.com supports Google advanced search operators, so you can exclude any encyclopedia(s) or wiki(s) from search results:

Wiki.com

More helpful Wikipedia-based tools:

The tool was found via MUO and reviewed under SEJ policy.

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