Wikipedia:Article series

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For "series" of articles summarized in one overview article (main article), see WP:Summary style.

Article series are useful for easing navigation for very broad subjects. For example, the article Israeli-Palestinian conflict contains a table that provides links to all the major issues surrounding that subject, such as Constitution of Palestine and Israel and the European Union.

An alternative to summary style[edit]

If a group of articles is interrelated tightly enough, a single overview article (a.k.a. summary article or main article) can be created in a manner described in Wikipedia:Summary style guideline. Such hierarchical style should be preferred over the one described here.

Article series boxes[edit]

Navigation between articles in a series is achieved with templates known as article series boxes. Use the same template for all articles in the series – there is no need to maintain separate boxes on each page.

A vertical series box[edit]

Main page: Template:sidebar

This example has been inserted here using the following syntax: {{United States history (sidebar)}}
The contents can be edited by using the following link: Template:United States history (sidebar)
You can create similar boxes in a similar way.

Source of the template[edit]

The page Template:United States history (sidebar) might contain the following (or similar) wiki markup:

{| cellpadding="1" style="float: right; border: 1px solid #8888aa; background: #f7f8ff; 
padding: 5px; font-size: 85%; margin: 0 15px 0 15px;"
| style="background: #ccf; text-align: center;" | '''This article is part of'''
<br>'''the [[History of the United States|U.S. History]]'''<br>'''series.'''
|-
| style="text-align: center;"|[[Native Americans in the United States|Pre - Colonial America]]
|-
| style="text-align: center;"|[[Colonial America]]
|-
| style="text-align: center;"|[[History of the United States (1776–1789)| 1776–1789]]
|-
| style="text-align: center;"|[[History of the United States (1789–1849)| 1789–1849]]
|-
| style="text-align: center;"|[[History of the United States (1849–1865)| 1849–1865]]
|-
| style="text-align: center;"|[[History of the United States (1865–1918)| 1865–1918]]
|-
| style="text-align: center;"|[[History of the United States (1918–1945)| 1918–1945]]
|-
| style="text-align: center;"|[[History of the United States (1945–1964)| 1945–1964]]
|-
| style="text-align: center;"|[[History of the United States (1964–1980)| 1964–1980]]
|-
| style="text-align: center;"|[[History of the United States (1980–1988)| 1980–1987]]
|-
| style="text-align: center;"|[[History of the United States (1988–present)|  1988–present]]
|-
| style="text-align: center;"|[[Timeline of United States history|Timeline]] · 
[[List of United States history articles|Topics]]
|}<noinclude>[[Category:United States navigational boxes|History]]</noinclude>

Footer boxes[edit]

Main page: Template:Navbox

Footer navigational boxes (called navboxes) may contain links about a broader topic. For example the footer of The Netherlands shows all countries of the European Union – as The Netherlands is a member state. These boxes are created by inserting the template {{Navbox}} and adding the relevant information.

Blended series tables[edit]

This article is part of the

History of France series.

Gaul
Franks
France in the Middle Ages
Valois Dynasty
Bourbon Dynasty
French Revolution
First French Empire
French Restoration
Second Republic
Second French Empire
Third Republic
France during World War II
Fourth Republic
Fifth Republic
This article is part of the

History of Germany series.

Franks
Holy Roman Empire
German Confederation
German Empire
Weimar Republic
Nazi Germany
Germany since 1945

It is also possible to place an article in two different series. For example, Franks is part of both the History of France and History of Germany series. But you should not join the two boxes as pictured. This syntax is deprecated, because it does not lend itself to using identical templates, and thus is highly fragile.

See also[edit]