How Wikipedia Works: And how You Can be a Part of it
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
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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I had to search hard to find any way to contact you, other than just throwing money at you. What confidence do I have if I contribute that it won’t be a never ending cycle of harassment for more? Been there done that. What confidence do I have that my personal information is protected? And don’t point me to some thousand word legal document that spins you around in circles. Want my trust and support, earn it!
Whats in Wikipedia?
The World Gets a Free Encyclopedia
Finding Wikipedias Content
Understanding and Evaluating an Article
Good Writing and Research
Cleanup Projects and Processes
Disputes Blocks and Bans
200 Languages and Counting
Wikimedia Commons and Other Sister Projects
The Foundation and Project Coordination
Reusing Wikimedia Content
Wikipedia for Teachers
Edit Summaries Jargon