Wikipedia vs Brittanica is a close call, says researchFurther endorsement for Wikipedia's credibility: a study by the science journal Nature found the online encyclopaedia to be close to Encyclopædia Brittanica in its accuracy.

Nature asked a team of experts to review 42 entries and were not told which encyclopaedia the information came from.

The researchers found eight serious mistakes - four in each encyclopaedia. There were many more minor errors, including omissions and misleading statements: 162 in Wikipedia and 123 in Brittanica.

Researchers did criticise some Wikipedia entries for being poorly structured. But the results will not be good news for Brittanica which has faced increasing pressure from free, easily-updated, web-based resources.

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