Wikipedia:Instructional material

A short video about the satisfaction editors get from contributing. (1:23 min)

This page provides links to instructional material useful for Wikipedia users, especially new users. The intent is to provide a quick directory of such materials Wikipedians have found useful, including tutorials and manuals on Wikipedia itself, and books, videos, and documents available on and outside Wikipedia. Because Wikipedia runs on the MediaWiki software, much of the training material for new Wikipedia users is also useful for users of other MediaWiki wikis, and vice versa.

Wikipedia's how to articlesEdit

Contributing to Wikipedia is the main page that provides information, links, videos and other resources on the basics needed to comprehend, comment on, and contribute to Wikipedia. Aside from the "Contributing to Wikipedia" page there are some shorter, topic specify and more comprehensive introduction pages as listed below. See also Help:Getting started for a more comprehensive listing of guides. To browse all "help" and "how to" related pages see the help menu or help directory.

About Wikipedia
  • Introduction — What is Wikipedia and how you can contribute.
Short tutorials
  • Introduction — Thirteen short modules on all the basics.
  • Tutorial — A simplified guide to editing Wikipedia.
Quick introductions
Comprehensive overviews
How-to book
  • The Missing Manual — A comprehensive how-to guide (book) that explains everything about contributing for novice to expert editors.

Screencasts and VideosEdit


and script
(associated wikiproject)
Topic Date Time Audience
Editing basics: citing sources, part 1 Text formatting 2010-10 2:03 Beginner
Editing basics: boldness and links Text formatting 2010-10 3:37 Beginner
How to start a sandbox article Article creation 2010-09 2:11 Beginner
How to use talk pages Collaboration 2011-02 2:30 Beginner
How to use watchlists Collaboration 2011-01 2:10 Beginner
How to add an image Images 2010-09 1:25 Beginner
How to use bold and italics Text formatting 2010-09 0:55 Beginner
How to make a wikilink Text formatting 2020-11 1:24 Beginner
Uploading files to Wikimedia Commons (using the Upload Wizard) Images 2011-03 2:48 Beginner
Category explanation and how to use the HotCat gadget
(WikiProject Categories)
Categories 2010-03 5:45 Intermediate
How to create a Wikipedia article - Right to science and culture Article creation 2010-02 8:15 Intermediate
The steps in creating a user account on the English Wikipedia New account 2008-12 2:40 Beginner


Available screencasts on how to edit Wikipedia
Subject/link Length Author Date
Creating a new user account (WP version) 2:35 BillWedemeyer December 8, 2008
Start editing 7:15 BillWedemeyer December 8, 2008
Creating a new article 3:42 BillWedemeyer December 9, 2008
Cheatsheet 3:26 BillWedemeyer December 9, 2008


An administrator of a public wiki recorded some MediaWiki training videos, to help people learn how to edit on his wiki. Most of the material in the videos applies to any MediaWiki site, including Wikipedia; many of the examples actually feature Wikipedia. You can view the videos from the wiki page, or download the videos in high resolution (.avi files), or download lower resolution files in Quicktime format.

In addition, there are some screencasts posted to YouTube.

Other videosEdit



  • Phoebe Ayers; Charles Matthews; Ben Yates (2008). How Wikipedia Works:. No Starch Press. ISBN 978-1-59327-176-3.
  • John Broughton (2008). Wikipedia: The Missing Manual. O'Reilly Media, Inc. ISBN 978-0-596-55377-7.
  • Andrea Forte; Amy Bruckman (2005). Why Do People Write for Wikipedia? (PDF). Georgia Institute of Technology, College of Computing.
  • Dan O'Sullivan (2009). Wikipedia: A New Community of Practice?. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. ISBN 978-1-4094-8606-0.
  • Joseph Michael Reagle, Jr.; Lawrence Lessig (2010). Good Faith Collaboration: The Culture of Wikipedia. MIT Press. ISBN 978-0-262-01447-2.


Other languagesEdit


  • Mizanur Rahman. MediaWiki Administrators' Tutorial Guide: Install, manage, and customize your MediaWiki installation. Packt Press. Published March 2007. ISBN 978-1904811596
  • Daniel Barrett. MediaWiki (Wikipedia and Beyond). O'Reilly. Published October 2008. ISBN 978-0596519797.

See alsoEdit