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Getting involved in your class

  1. Create a Wikipedia account: If you haven't already, create a user account. Try to pick a fun username—at least one you'll remember. We recommend you register with your email address, which will never appear on Wikipedia or be associated with your account. However, this will allow other editors to send you an email, which may be your preferred method of communication.
  2. Familiarize yourself with editing Wikipedia: Whether you're writing a new article or improving an existing one, you'll use many of the skills you've developed in your traditional class assignments—like writing and research skills. The difference here is that you're writing for a new audience, writing with a unique encyclopedic tone, and you're doing it all on a new platform. Learning about editing basics can seem overwhelming, so we've created this online orientation for student editors to simplify what you need to know to contribute successfully to Wikipedia.
  3. Enroll in your Course Page: Your professor should have given you a link to your Course Page, or you can find it on this list of classes. Make sure you're logged in to your Wikipedia account, click the 'Enroll' button in the top left corner, and, using the 'enrollment token' you got from your professor, click 'Enroll with this token'.
  4. Follow your assignments/timeline!: Your assignment, of course, will be unique to your class, course subject, and professor.

Student assignments should always be carried out using a course page set up by the instructor. It is usually best to develop articles on the students' user pages, or as drafts. After evaluation, the additions may go on to become a Wikipedia article or be published in an existing article.

Get help!

  • General assistance: If ever you need help and don't know how to find your Wikipedia Ambassador, you are welcome and encouraged to ask a question at the Wikipedia Teahouse, which is a source for new editors like you.
  • Use your resources: You probably noticed this resource page from the online orientation, but don't forget that you can use it as a reference while you're learning about editing!
  • General guidelines: See this advice for student editors for more guidelines.

Selecting your article


Before selecting the topic you will research, remember to review this guideline for selecting an article. Most important points:

  • Try to choose a "stub" or "start-class" article to expand.
  • Verify your topic's notability.
  • Search Wikipedia to see if this content already exists.
  • Make sure you have enough reliable sources to cite your contributions.
  • Work with a relevant WikiProject whenever possible.