Filtering Wikipedia Content

Why does netTrekker include Wikipedia sites?

Wikipedia is an encyclopedia written by its users in over 200 languages worldwide. Contributors collaboratively add and edit Wikipedia content for free and open use by the global community. netTrekker values Wikipedia sites for their breadth of coverage, ad-free content, multiple language inclusion, and readability. We do not advise Wikipedia use as a single source authority, as we do not advise that for any resource. Instead, we believe that with today’s strong emphasis on information literacy, teachers, and media specialists can equip students for the task of using multiple sources to verify information.

While we see significant value in Wikipedia resources, we are sensitive to the real and perceived vulnerability of Wikipedia resources and the reluctance of some educators to allow their use. If you would prefer not to have Wikipedia sites appear in your search result, we provide two options for excluding them.

Option 1 – Search Results Filter

You can remove Wikipedia content from your individual search result by using the More Search Options feature. Click on More Search Options just below the Search button at the top of any page and select the option to “Filter out Wikipedia websites.”

Examples of More Search Options Link

To access the second More Search Options link, either click anywhere within the Search Term box or click .

Example of Controversial Material Filter

Option 2 – Organization Filter

A netTrekker Administrator can filter Wikipedia content in Admin Tools for all searches done by anyone within the organization. Only people who have been designated as netTrekker Administrators can use this process. To access Admin Tools, log in with your Administrative username and click on Admin Tools in the drop-down User Menu. If you are an Admin and need further information regarding filtering Wikipedia content, please contact us. Keep in mind that filtering out Wikipedia sites through Admin Tools removes them from all search results for all users, students, teachers and admins alike.

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