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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.
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).
- Tutorial: an eight-part module tutorial about the basics of how to edit.
- 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 show 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.
Topic specific introductions
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
These self-guided trainings help users involved with student assignments to learn the basics of Wikipedia.
- 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.
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