Hello! I'm a research, reference and subject librarian in Boston, Massachusetts. My interests include pop culture, women's history, journalism and media studies, Oxford commas, and the kinds of things you find on the List of Unusual Articles. I frequently work with university undergraduate classes who edit and produce Wikipedia articles as part of a class assignment.
Resources for students (and other beginners)
See a list of classes I've worked with here.
Getting Started: Wikipedia's official welcome page.
The Five Pillars of Wikipedia: Fundamental principles of Wikipedia.
Contributing to Wikipedia: learn the basics of making an account, creating and editing articles, adding citations, and more.
The Perfect Article: is it a myth?
Do Good Work
The Wiki Game: you're given a random article to start with and another random article where you have to end up, just by following links on Wikipedia pages. How many clicks will it take you?
Markup Cheatsheet: how to make things look okay in wiki markup.
What counts as a reliable source?
Cite Your Sources! (Not just because your teacher says you have to.)
Beyond Google: doing research for Wikipedia (coming soon)
Choosing a topic to work on
WikiProjects generally have to-do lists that can be useful if you're looking for an existing article to improve, a stub-class article to develop further or a requested article to create. I belong to WikiProject Libraries, Women in Red and WikiProject Unreferenced Articles and have done work for WikiProject Africa and Art + Feminism, among others. Students in ENGW3307 might be interested in WikiProject Medicine or WikiProject Science.
As part of my work, I participate in Wikipedia edit-a-thons and other Wikimedia events around the New England area.
Women's Suffrage and Civil Rights Edit-A-Thon, virtual event hosted by Simmons University and Wentworth Institute of Technology
Finals Week Edit-A-Thon, Northeastern University
WikiConference North America 2019, Cambridge MA
Summer '18 Edit-A-Thon at BU, Boston University
Educating with Wikipedia, Boston University
De-Colonizing Wikipedia: Editing Romantic Depictions of Colonial History and Literature, Northeastern University
Art + Feminism Edit-A-Thon, Massachusetts College of Art & Design
Underrepresented Groups in Massachusetts and U.S. History, Northeastern University
Pages I've Worked On
This is not an exhaustive list of work I've done on Wikipedia, but when I attend edit-a-thons and events, I try to keep track of my stuff.
- Add links to NU research guides