The Top 50 Sources Where Wikipedia Gets Its Facts

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You didn't think Wikipedia was all original content, did you? According to Webempires, the online encyclopedia cites and references over two million different websites. You can find the entire exhaustive list here if you've got a couple of weeks to spare, or check out this handy infographic which highlights just the top 50 sources.

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Books.google.com, web.archive.org, and news.bbc.co.uk round out the top three, which makes sense given they're all original sources. But most surprising is the inclusion of both MySpace (which beats out Facebook) and cricketarchive.com in the top 50. Apparently teenage gossip is a vital source of fact-checking, and cricket outranks any soccer-specific sport sites.

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DISCUSSION

It's alarming that Amazon is so high on the list. YouTube as well. I've been a very active Wikipedia editor for years and hate seeing those two on the list.

There are other sites on there like myspace and twitter that people may not feel are reliable but they can be, depending on the information being cited. The problem with Amazon is that it's a commercial website who sells the products being referenced meaning that most of those "references" are probably just advertisements. Youtube is alarming because information found there can't be verified forever. If a link to a news article breaks, the article can still be found. If a YouTube video disappears, God help us!