Welcome to Wikipedia!
We're glad you wish to help develop Wikipedia, and we hope you enjoy participating in this virtual community
below are some brief introductions
containing all the basics you need to use, comment on, and edit Wikipedia.
A video that articulates the diversity and enthusiasm of the Wikipedia Community by editors like you. (4:10 min)
- Introduction: our main tutorial to the core principles of how to edit contained in thirteen short modules (as listed below).
- The Wikipedia Adventure: a module guided tour with fun, interactive learning, and practice.
- Your first article: an article that discusses some of the DOs and DON'Ts, then shows you how to create an article. Note: The ability to create articles directly in mainspace is restricted to autoconfirmed users, though non-confirmed users and non-registered users can submit a proposed article through the Articles for Creation process, where it will be reviewed and considered for publication.
Protocols and conventions
Editing with Wiki Markup
- Introduction to editing: a five-part guide to editing. Editing pages. Formatting. Links and Wikilinks. Saving your changes. Summary.
- Introduction to referencing: a five-part introduction to referencing. Verifiability. Inline citations. RefToolbar. Reliable sources. Summary
- Introduction to uploading images: a six-part guide on uploading images. Introduction. Free content. Non-free content. Wikimedia Commons. Using an image. Summary.
- Introduction to tables: a four-part guide to putting tables in pages. Introduction to tables. Creating tables manually. Sortable tables. HTML and tables.
- Introduction to talk pages: a five-part guide to using talk pages. Talk pages. User talk pages. Layout. Examples. Summary.
Editing with Visual Editor
Training for student assignments
- Training for students: students start here! A four-part, 57-page training intended for students doing assignments on Wikipedia, with more detailed introductions to core Wikipedia policies, editing basics, and more specific editing advice for students. Welcome (4 pages). The Core (14 pages). Editing (24 pages). Advanced and background (15 pages).
- Training for educators: educators start here! A five-part, 97-page training for professors and other educators who want to run Wikipedia assignments for class, with introductions to core Wikipedia policies, editing basics, and an overview of best practices for designing and implementing Wikipedia assignments.
- Training for Wikipedia Ambassadors: Ambassadors start here! A four-part, 86-page, training for Wikipedia Campus and Online Ambassadors, with introductions to core policies, editing basics for those new to editing, and an overview of best practices for Wikipedia assignments.
Books and videos
- The Missing Manual: a comprehensive how-to book that explains everything about contributing for novice to expert editors.
- Wikipedia instructional material : a listing of screencasts, videos, and books.
- The Bookshelf: (external link) a vast collection of high-quality, freely licensed, user-generated informational material about Wikipedia.
Help resources and assistance
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