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Examples of other encyclopedia disclaimers
While other encyclopedias, unlike Wikipedia, are professionally peer reviewed, they still do not guarantee their content.
- The britannica.com disclaimer
(from the site hosting the Encyclopedia Britannica
- "YOUR USE OF BRITANNICA.COM IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK."
MSN.com disclaimer (from the site hosting
Microsoft's Encarta Encyclopedia)
- "...AND THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO SATISFACTORY QUALITY, PERFORMANCE, ACCURACY, AND EFFORT IS WITH YOU."
- The bartleby.com disclaimer (from
the site hosting the Columbia Encyclopedia)
- "YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT USE OF THE SERVICE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK."