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 too much 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.
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.
Main tutorials and introductions
- Training tutorial: a quick eight-part tutorial about the basics of how to edit.
- Introductions: the main introduction page to the core principles of how to edit contained in thirteen short modules (as listed below).
- The Wikipedia Adventure: a guided tour with fun, interactive learning, and practice.
- Your first article: discusses some of the DOs and DON'Ts, then show you how to create an article.
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
- Introduction to policies and guidelines: a four-part guide to the rules. Policies and guidelines. Content. Conduct. Summary.
- Introduction to the Manual of Style: a five-part introduction to the Manual of Style. Links. Layout. Images. Citing. Consistency. Stability. Nuggets.
- Introduction to the deletion process - discusses the guidelines and policies relevant to deletion, and the overall process.
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
- Introduction to editing with VisualEditor: a five-part introduction to editing with VisualEditor. Opening the editor. Toolbar basics. Links and Wikilinks. Saving your changes. Summary
- Introduction to referencing with VisualEditor: a five-part introduction to referencing. Verifiability. Inline citations. RefToolbar. Reliable sources. Summary.
- Introduction to uploading images with VisualEditor: a six-part guide on uploading images. Introduction. Free content. Non-free content. Wikimedia Commons. Using an image. Summary
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 and editing basics for those new to editing and an overview of best practices for Wikipedia assignments.
- VisualEditor user guide: a full manual for Wikipedia:VisualEditor.
- Plain and simple: the basic mechanics of Wikipedia. There are similar guides for:
- Plain and simple conflict of interest guide: for editors with a conflict of interests.
- Plain and simple guide for medical editors: for editing medical subjects.
- Plain and simple non-free content guide - discusses how Wikipedia's copyright guidelines are probably the most complicated part of the whole site and breaks down what the rules are and what they mean.
- Smartphone editing (Personal User essay) - a Wikipedia administrators personal experiences and advice about phone editing.
- 8 simple rules for editing our encyclopedia: describes some basics about contributing and interactions with others.
- 10 Simple Rules for Editing Wikipedia: discusses some basic aspect of Wikipedia norms and practices.
- A primer for newcomers: an overview intended for new contributors.
- Avoiding common mistakes: discusses a few common mistakes everyone should try to avoid.
- Expectations and norms of the community: discusses the general social norms that Wikipedia editors are expected to follow.
- Everything you need to know: a quick overview of some of Wikipedia's most important policies.
- Learning the ropes: discusses how to learn about Wikipedia.
Books and videos
- The Missing Manual: a comprehensive how-to book that explains everything about contributing for novice to expert editors.
- Wikipedia instructional material for 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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- There is the Help Menu and Help Directory for a listing of help related pages.
- Wikipedia:Directory: a descriptive list of Wikipedia's directories and indexes.
- Wikipedia:FAQ index: for a list of Frequently Asked Questions.
- Wikipedia:Questions: discusses how to ask questions on Wikipedia.
- Wikipedia:Tips: how to use Wikipedia in bite-sized morsels.
- Wikipedia:Dos and don'ts: summarize some of Wikipedia's protocols in a bullet-point format.