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I'm Gilliam, a Wikipedian since 2005. As an administrator and active editor, I strive to maintain a balance between volunteer admin duties and free writing contributions.
At the moment, I enjoy writing the history section of any U.S. town, especially small, unincorporated communities, formerly having focused on topics about my native Cincinnati–Northern Kentucky metropolitan area. Handy sources for researching include Google Books, Google Newspapers, and when on-line sources are not available, public library (PLCH) books. New users will find a useful list of referencing tools below.
I would encourage any active editor to tick "Hide my edits from the watchlist" in the "Wachlist" section in your preferences. This will allow you to better monitor recent changes.
- Citing sources
- ProveIt GT (Highly recommended!)
- Enable ProveIt at your preferences under 'Gadgets'; it will then appear in in the edit box. Create references by filling in fields such as URL, page title, etc.
- Citation Tool for Google Books (Highly recommended!)
- Search database at https://books.google.com with desired keyword(s). Once you find a page containing what you need, copy and paste page URL into the Citation Tool, and it will instantly generate a ref you can add directly to Wikipedia
- HathiTrust Digital Library similar to Google Books
- Google Newspaper Archive
- The free Google Newspaper Archive is a searchable database of old newspapers. Once you find the article you need, copy/paste URL, date, author, etc. into ProveIt.
- Counter vandalism
- Article list by WikiProject
- Dablink pages
- GNIS, the online Geographic Names Information System
- Comprehensive list of post offices (official USPS list)
- X!'s tools
- Search Wikipedia: (100)
- Global user contributions
- Range tool 1, Range tool 2
- Topozone Map (How to reference?)
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