Wikipedia:About essay searching

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There are over 1000 Wikipedia essays (Feb 2010), with over a dozen categories to separate them for searching. The titles are listed below, to allow searching for particular words/syllables in titles. After many titles, some keywords have been added in parentheses "( )" such as "(verifiability)" to help find that topic.

So, to search essays, use:

  • See essays in a nutshell for a summary of the gist of each essay, as sorted by topic; or
  • press Ctrl+F or +F to search topics on this page.
  • text-search of the titles (below) for a match; or
  • text-search of keywords (added below) for a match; or
  • perhaps use wiki-search Special:Search, including words "Wikipedia essays" (with your other search-words) to hunt a topic inside an essay (but it matches many non-essays).
  • see essays in Category:Wikipedia essays (currently 1,607 pages).
  • look for new essays auto-indexed under "Wikipedia:...".

By default, new essays indexed into the "W" group, as the default category placement by "{{essay}}" (during 2008). Also, many essays are merely half-page initial thoughts.

The age-old concept of "associative retrieval"[clarification needed] has led to search engines that can scan page contents for multi-word matches. Some text editors, decades ago, could search for multiple words within a bracket of lines, but today, most people just use a search engine to find multiple words on a local webpage (that has been submitted to a world search-engine for indexing). Perhaps, some decade, many computers will search for a multi-word bracket on any selected pages. Fortunately, the wiki-search option (in the Wikipedia leftside menu), allows multiword search of pages, but it takes a lot of experience to pinpoint a search.

List of Wikipedia essays[edit]

The following list came from Category:Wikipedia_essays (10-Dec-2008), sorted into alpha order. Some entries might be bogus, incorrectly linked to the category. Other essays might still be stubs that have not been moved back to the particular user-space for improvement. (Essays here are intended to be readable & valuable for general Wikipedians.)

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D[edit]

E[edit]

F[edit]

G[edit]

H[edit]

I[edit]

J[edit]

K[edit]

L[edit]

M[edit]

N[edit]

O[edit]

P[edit]

Q[edit]

R[edit]

S[edit]

T[edit]

U[edit]

V[edit]

W[edit]

X[edit]

  • (there were no essays with "X...")

Y[edit]

Z[edit]

See also[edit]