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Wikipedia: Editing and Use

Background information and basic tools for editing Wikipedia, as well as guidelines for when and how to use it in your research.

The Wikipedia Adventure: An Interactive Tutorial for New Editors

Wikipedia is not a game, but learning it should still be fun! The Wikipedia Adventure is a 7-mission interactive guided tour which introduces new editors to basic editing, social, and policy skills. The Wikipedia Adventure is an online guided journey, a learning tutorial, and an educational game designed to make an editor's first 100 edits a positive and encouraging experience. The game takes the user from the first rudiments of editing—registering an account, creating a user page, basic markup — all the way through to more intermediate tasks such as adding images and references and asking for help at noticeboards.

What Makes a Good Wikipedia Article

  • Featured Article Criteria on Wikipedia
    • Well-written
    • Comprehensive
    • Well-researched
      • verifiable against high-quality reliable sources
      • supported by inline citations where appropriate
    • Neutral
    • Stable
    • A concise lead section
    • Appropriate structure
    • Consistent citations
    • Appropriate images with acceptable copyright status
    • Appropriate length
  • See list of featured articles for examples

Helpful Editing Resources

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