Frequently Asked Questions

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What is wiseGEEK?

  • wiseGEEK is a very straightforward website: we offer free and clear answers to common questions. The best way to explore our articles is to use the search box that is available at the top of every page. For further information, please visit: What is wiseGEEK?

How can I contact wiseGEEK?

  • We welcome your comments, questions and suggestions. There are a variety of ways to get in touch with us and all of them are described on our contact us page.

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Who writes the articles for wiseGEEK?

I found an error in an article; how should I notify you?

  • We make every attempt to provide accurate information, but occasionally an error sneaks in. If you have discovered any type of problem with an article, we would greatly appreciate it if you let us know. Simply select the "comment on this article" option in the "wiseGEEK features" drop-down which can be found below each of our articles. Please describe the problem and send in your comment. You can be sure that one of our writers or editors will be researching the issue shortly.

How often do you post answers to new questions?

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Can I link to wiseGEEK pages?

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    To link to a particular page on wiseGEEK, replace the "http://www.wisegeek.com/" in the code above with the particular URL you're interested in.

Can I copy wiseGEEK articles onto my website, blog or forum?

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Can I use wiseGEEK articles in an offline publication?

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Can I write for wiseGEEK?

  • From time to time, wiseGEEK seeks out additional freelance writers to regularly contribute to wiseGEEK. If you're interested, visit this page for more info.

How do I cite a wiseGEEK article for my school project?

  • While sources in bibliographies must typically have the source's author and published date listed, this information is usually not required if it's not available. wiseGEEK, like other websites, does not provide the date its articles were originally published. Relevant data, including the author's name, for citing a wiseGEEK page may be found in the "Article Details" section in the left hand column. Here's one way of citing a wiseGEEK article in a bibliography:

    Author's Last Name, First Name (if any). "Article Title" wiseGEEK. Date you accesed the page. <URL of article>.

    Again, that's only one way to cite our articles. You should check with your teacher or instructor for a definitive answer before turning in your report or project! Good Luck!

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