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Wikipedia emerges as key source for Virginia Tech shootings

Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia,served as an essential news source for hundreds of thousands of people on the Internet trying to understand the shootings at Virginia Tech University last week, The New York Times reports.

According to the foundation that runs the various Wikipedias around the world, there were more than 750,000 visits to the main article on the shootings in its first two days, an average of four visits a second. Even The Roanoke Times, which is published near Blacksburg, Va., where the university is located, noted on Thursday that Wikipedia “has emerged as the clearinghouse for detailed information on the event.”

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2 comments about 'Wikipedia emerges as key source for Virginia Tech shootings'

Wikipedia? Of course, why not!

I’m a freelance writer-researcher and I consult Wikipedia on every subject before I go on to other sources. It shortens work that I would have to spend looking into several sources. With Wikipedia, everything is there from definition to history, to relevant statistics, to background on the subject and relevant links. In the reference page, however, I never mention Wikipedia but its sources. Unfair? I don’t know why people ask never to cite it.

Posted by Jane Abao at April 27, 2007 8:08 AM

Amen to that. Wikipedia is a freelancer friend, saviour and muse all at once ... fantastique

Posted by jason brown at April 27, 2007 6:11 PM



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