Help:Getting started
Welcome to Wikipedia!
We're glad you wish to help develop Wikipedia, and we hope you enjoy participating in this virtual community. Linked below are some brief introductions containing all the basics you need to use, comment on, and edit Wikipedia.
As a new contributor, you may feel a little overwhelmed by the sheer size and scope of this project named Wikipedia. Don't worry if you don't understand everything at first, as it is acceptable to use common sense as you go about editing. We encourage you to be bold in a fair and accurate manner, with a straightforward, just-the-facts style.
The contributing to Wikipedia page is an article that provides information, links, videos and other resources on the basics needed to edit Wikipedia. The five pillars is a popular summary of the most pertinent Wikipedia principles. The community portal is a central location to find collaborations, tasks, and news about Wikipedia. If you somehow do get stuck, there are volunteers available to answer your questions; see asking for help for more information.
Introductory editing tutorials
These tutorials explain how to edit with VisualEditor (a user-friendly interface) and Wiki markup (Wikipedia's source code)
Starting introduction
Core principles
Play media
A video that articulates the diversity and enthusiasm of the Wikipedia Community by editors like you. (4:10 min)
Note: You can use the sandbox to experiment with page editing.
Overview tutorials
Topic-specific introductions
Introduction to navigating Wikipedia: a five-part guide to navigating Wikipedia. Introduction. Namespaces. Searching and redirects. Useful pages. Summary.
Protocols and conventions
Editing with Wiki Markup
Editing with Visual Editor
Training for student assignments
These self-guided trainings help users involved with student assignments to learn the basics of Wikipedia.
Quick guides
Overview articles
Books and videos
Specialised tutorials
Help resources and assistance
Help desk
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Instructional videos on using Wikipedia.
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