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At the very top of an article is the lead section; the name of the article is always bolded. Bolding is done by putting three apostrophes on each side of the text. Except for the article name, it is rarely used in articles.

Never put a blank space at the beginning of a line unless you want that line of text to stand out (which you never want in an article). With a blank space at the beginning, Wikipedia displays a line of text in a box with a light blue background. If it's a long line of text, the text goes off the screen to the right, requiring the reader to scroll to see it all.

Section heading, level 2[edit]

A "level 2" heading is one with a pair of equal signs on each side. It's the highest level used in articles. If you enter a Level 1 heading, it will work, but you'd be wrong to do so.

Section heading, level 3[edit]

Level 2 and level 3 headings are very common in articles. Level 4 is less common; levels 5 and 6 aren't used. Level 3 and 4 headings are sometimes called "subsection headings."

Another subsection[edit]

Next, let's italicize some text by putting two apostrophes on each side. Italicizing text is typically used for the name of a newspaper or magazine; it's almost never used in articles for emphasis, because emphasis isn't the neutral point of view that Wikipedia strives for.

Another level 2 section heading[edit]

Normally, only the first word in any section heading is capitalized.

External Links[edit]

Here's how to create an external link in Wikipedia. [1]

Always put brackets around a URL. Here's the URL without the brackets, so you can see what it would look like (remember, this is wrong):

Body of the article[edit]

In 1997, Chrysler was more profitable, with earnings of $2.8 billion, than Daimler, which earned $1.8 billion.[1]


  1. ^ Surowiecki,James. " The Daimler-Chrysler Collision: Another Merger in Search of That Elusive Synergy", "Slate" magazine, May 15, 1998, retrieved September 12, 2007