Citizendium: New Online Encyclopedia

My staff does not allow students to cite Wikipedia as a primary resource in their research. Recently several students have asked whether or not they will be permitted to use a new online encyclopedia called Citizendium. What do you know about this site?

Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger is behind the launch of this new free online encyclopedia which he says will be more authoritative than Wikipedia. This will be accomplished by requiring all authors to register using their real names and by having subject-area experts act as editors.

There are similarities to Wikipedia. For example, both sites are wikis and anyone will be able to post articles or edit existing work. However, Sanger believes that the prohibition against posting anonymously and expert editing will lend Citizendium more credibility. I think it will be worth teachers’ time to keep an eye on this site as additional articles are made available.

To learn more about this new resource, visit Citizendium.

Submitted by: Susan Brooks-Young

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