How Wikipedia Works: And how You Can be a Part of it (Google eBook)

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No Starch Press, 2008 - Computers - 5036 pages
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Myxomatosis. The Order of Canada. Noble gas. Catherine de' Medici. The History of Superman? Whether you're doing serious research on the Web or just settling an argument, it's easy to get caught up in Wikipedia's two million articles. And that's not such a bad thing. But how'd all the information get there in the first place? And how can you tell if it's reliable?

Or say you want to become a part of Wikipedia and make your own contributions. Where do you begin?

In How Wikipedia Works, you'll learn the skills required to use and contribute to the world's largest reference work-like what constitutes good writing and research and how to work with images and templates.

With insight, anecdotes, and tips from three Wikipedia veterans, you'll learn how to:

* Find information and evaluate the quality and reliability of articles
* Contribute to existing articles by copyediting, writing new material, and fact-checking
* Add new articles that conform to Wikipedia's guidelines and best practices-so that your hard work won't be deleted
* Communicate with other Wikipedians through Talk pages, discussion forums, direct messaging, and more
* Understand Wikipedia's policies and procedures and how they're created and enforced
* Resolve content disputes and deal with vandals and other malicious editors

Wikipedia is made up of people just like you: students, professors, and everyday experts and fans. With about 10,000 articles added to Wikipedia each week, there are plenty of opportunities to join this global community. How Wikipedia Works explains how you can make the Web's go-to source for information even better. Instead of wondering where to begin, the question will be "How far will you go?"

  

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Contents

Whats in Wikipedia?
3
The World Gets a Free Encyclopedia
31
Finding Wikipedias Content
59
Understanding and Evaluating an Article
99
Editing
129
Basic Editing
131
Good Writing and Research
161
Cleanup Projects and Processes
199
Disputes Blocks and Bans
383
Other Projects
405
200 Languages and Counting
407
Wikimedia Commons and Other Sister Projects
419
The Foundation and Project Coordination
447
Reusing Wikimedia Content
459
Wikipedia for Teachers
463
Edit Summaries Jargon
467

Make and Mend Wikipedias Web
231
Images Templates and Special Characters
261
The Life Cycle of an Article
287
Community
299
Becoming a Wikipedian
301
Community and Communication
331
Policy and Your Input
363
Glossary
471
History
477
GNU Free Documentation License
491
Index
499
Updates
512
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Phoebe Ayers (user:phoebe) is a science and engineering reference librarian at the University of California, Davis. She has been involved with Wikipedia since 2003 and is an organizer of the Wikimania conferences.

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