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wikipedia pluginWikipedia is one of the foremost sources of information online and there is no limit to how the site can be used for both research and for contributing information. Regardless of what your browser of choice is, you’re bound to find a plugin that will enhance your Wikipedia experience, making it easier to search through the website’s endless wealth of information.

Firefox users can benefit from a Wikipedia toolbar that gives you complete control over your Wikipedia editing and searching needs. Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer users can all benefit from plugins that allow you to perform Wikipedia searches from any website you happen to be browsing. Take a look at the following list for the best in Wikipedia plugins for Firefox, Chrome, Safari and IE.

Firefox

Wikipedia Toolbar

The first obvious choice for a Wikipedia plugin is the Wikipedia Toolbar. The toolbar gives you easy access to performing searches directly on Wikipedia, and if you have an account, gives you access to every aspect of your interaction with the website itself.

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From the toolbar, you can look up random entries, add and remove specific entries to your watch list, access that list, and edit pages on Wikipedia. You also have quick access to the What Links Here page, and can navigate to your own user page.

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QuickWiki

If you want an easy way to look up words directly from the website you are browsing, QuickWiki is the perfect plugin to enhance your browsing experience. Highlighting any given word and right-clicking will bring up a menu which allows you to look it up in Wikipedia or Wiktionary. There are two ways the search results can be displayed, either in a window overlaying your current page, or you can open the results in a new tab.

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Alternatively, you can configure QuickWiki to work with specific shortcuts to pull up your results at the click of a button.

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If you want to perform a quick search, the shortcut, Shift + Space will bring up a small search bar overlaying your current window.

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QuickWiki’s additional features include support for English, French, German, Spanish and Portuguese and the ability to adjust the appearance of the overlaying window. For an indepth review of QuickWiki, check out Saikat’s post.

Googlepedia

Googlepedia integrates Wikipedia search directly into Google dividing your search page into two columns. The first column contains the original google results, while in the second, the relevant Wikipedia article is displayed. Googlepedia does have its shortcomings. If you do a search directly from within Google, sometimes Googlepedia’s search results will not be displayed. On the other hand, if you do the search from Firefox’s inbuilt search bar at the top of the page – the results are always displayed. Googlepedia is currently being ported to other browsers and is already available for Chrome.

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Chrome

Wikipedia Companion

Chrome users will appreciate the Wikiepdia Companion which gives them easy access to search and browse articles on Wikipedia from the extensions menu.

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All results are displayed in a small window overlaying the browser.

Wikipedia Companion doesn’t come with many bells and whistles. It simply serves as a mini browser that is handy for people who tend to look up a lot of information on Wikipedia. If you would prefer to have easy access to a search bar that opens up search results in a new tab, then Wikipedia Search will be sufficient for your purposes.

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Wiki-It

Safari users can install Wiki-It, which can be best described as a simplified version of QuickWiki. Installing the extension allows you to right click any given word as you are browsing, and it will add an option to the menu to look up that word on Wikipedia. Search results are opened in a new tab on the Wikipedia website.

You can also choose to open the search results in a new window, in the current tab, or in a new tab in the background.

In order to install Wiki-It, make sure you’ve updated to Safari 5, and take a look at Jeffry’s article 5 Unofficial Extensions for the New Safari 5 Browser 5 Unofficial Extensions for the New Safari 5 Browser Read More on how to enable extensions.

Internet Explorer

Define with Wikipedia

Internet Explorer users can also add a quick link to look up words in Wikipedia using the right click menu when highlighting a word. Using Define with Wikipedia allows you to do just that, with search results opened in a new tab on the Wikipedia website.

Wikipedia Visual Search

Wikipedia Visual Search adds Wikipedia to the search engines included in IE’s inbuilt search bar. If you enter a search term and press Enter, it will take you directly to the related Wikipedia page. On the other hand, if you enter the search term and do not press Enter, it will display a list of suggested pages from Wikipedia, with thumbnails where applicable.

What are your favourite Wikipedia browser addons? Let us know in the comments.

  1. Diggfreeware
    August 14, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Thank you for sharing.

  2. Ae
    July 31, 2010 at 8:15 am

    If you think that any other source of information be it a book, website, person, article or newspaper has any less potential to give you misinformation then you're walking around with blinders.

    Wikipedia should be taken with a grain of salt and the sources checked...so should everything else.

    You will also find that wikipedia doesn't have quite so shabby methods for keeping the information accurate and unbiased as you may think..

    If you think that waking up, involves going to other sources, you're waking up in another false reality.

    Forget the platitudes, recognize that all information should be taken in context.

  3. pks
    July 28, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Nice article!!!

  4. Powder
    July 26, 2010 at 6:39 am

    Those are some cool tips especially ones for the Chrome users. Nice post.

  5. bingo007
    July 25, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    ya.thats a cool one and it also works in opera.

  6. Keshav Khera
    July 24, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    I juse use a keyword search or "custom search" in Google Chrome. Whenever I need to search for anything on Wikipedia, I go to the address bar and type "w query" and it's done. I think this is the best solution, at least for me.

    • nm
      July 25, 2010 at 6:49 am

      Keshav - thanks for that great tip for Chrome users.

  7. JK III
    July 24, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    I use QuickWiki and would recommend it. I also tried GooglePedia but it didn't work for me; there was no wikipedia sidebar on google results' page. Although it's been a month since then and maybe the problem has been fixed now.

    • nm
      July 25, 2010 at 6:48 am

      Googlepedia doesn't show up in a sidebar but rather splits the screen in half. Try using the google search bar that is at the top of your browser and it should work. I had that problem when I did a search directly from the google website.

  8. Steve Campbell
    July 24, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Awesome article Nancy! I'll definitely be looking into some Wikipedia Chrome extensions now.

  9. Wikinaught
    July 24, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Wikipedia is one of the foremost sources of [mis]information online and there is [almost] no limit to how the site can be [ab]used.

    The best way to use Wikipedia, is to scroll to the "Sources" section at the bottom of most pages, and begin your search for reliable information there. It takes a lot more time to do that, but accuracy and the complete comprehension of ideas and raw data, can't be condensed into a rough synopsis.

    The Internet has presented humanity with an almost limitless supply of information from almost every source in existence, but only you can decide to take either the blue pill, or the red pill.

    Wake up, Neo...

    The Matrix has you...

    http://www.picnam.com/andrew/W...

  10. Wikinaught
    July 24, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Wikipedia is one of the foremost sources of [mis]information online and there is [almost] no limit to how the site can be [ab]used.

    The best way to use Wikipedia, is to scroll to the "Sources" section at the bottom of most pages, and begin your search for reliable information there. It takes a lot more time to do that, but accuracy and the complete comprehension of ideas and raw data, can't be condensed into a rough synopsis.

    The Internet has presented humanity with an almost limitless supply of information from almost every source in existence, but only you can decide to take either the blue pill, or the red pill.

    Wake up, Neo...

    The Matrix has you...

    http://www.picnam.com/andrew/Wikipedia.html

    • Ae
      July 31, 2010 at 6:15 am

      If you think that any other source of information be it a book, website, person, article or newspaper has any less potential to give you misinformation then you're walking around with blinders.

      Wikipedia should be taken with a grain of salt and the sources checked...so should everything else.

      You will also find that wikipedia doesn't have quite so shabby methods for keeping the information accurate and unbiased as you may think..

      If you think that waking up, involves going to other sources, you're waking up in another false reality.

      Forget the platitudes, recognize that all information should be taken in context.

  11. Waheed Akhtar
    July 24, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Wikipedia toolbar looks great!

  12. harveyrtchie
    July 24, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Great all the Plugins are looking very useful,but when i intall these plugins its not intsall and show me error 203.what is this and how i intsall it in my Laptop. Cho Yung Tea

  13. Rtej89
    July 24, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    I am using one more Wikipedia add-on for firefox. It is WikiLook. It allows me to look for the meanings for words and phrases in Wikipedia without opening it new tabs

    • nm
      July 24, 2010 at 12:28 pm

      I tried out WikiLook but found myself leaning more towards QuickWiki because it did the same thing but had a few extra features.

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