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How Wikipedia Works by Ben Yates, Charles Matthews, Phoebe Ayers

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Chapter 3. Finding Wikipedia’s Content

Considering Wikipedia’s vastness, finding exactly what you’re looking for can be a challenge. Fortunately, search is a powerful technology. This chapter will explain how to search Wikipedia effectively.

But searching for a specific piece of information is not the only way to use Wikipedia. Unlike the sections in a printed book, Wikipedia articles are not in any particular order; instead, they can be bundled together by topic and in many other ways. This grouping makes it great fun to browse Wikipedia casually and facilitates chance discovery: Filling out your understanding of a topic’s background is usually painless, and one topic can lead to another in a surprising and enjoyable way.

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