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Frequently Asked Questions

How does Wikipedia search engine work?

Wikipedia uses a powerful search engine, with a search box on every page. The search box will navigate directly to a given page name upon an exact match. But, you can force it to show you other pages that include your search string by including a tilde character ~ anywhere in the query. The maximum search string is 300 characters long.

How many articles are there on Wikipedia?

The English edition of Wikipedia has grown to 5,743,571 articles, equivalent to over 2,000 print volumes of the Encyclopædia Britannica. Including all language editions, Wikipedia has over 38 million articles, equivalent to over 15,000 print volumes.

Is Wikipedia free?

Wikipedia is free because is owned and run by a non-profit, the Wikimedia Foundation, which gets virtually all of its funds through donations and private grants.


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