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I've used Wikipedia for many years, and I'm just learning to edit. Input is certainly appreciated.

My interests include physics (completing undergrad this summer), chess (1700 USCF), and policy debate (debated four years). If you're working on a Wikipedia project related to any of these and would like the help of a total newbie, drop me a line. I'm a great researcher, and I have access to a number of databases (including LexisNexis and Infotrac) through my school. If you ever need access to a news or journal article, I'm more than willing to help out.

To Do[edit]

Eventually I'll break these out into "daily," "weekly," etc. If you know of any projects that need more grunt work and general knowledge than wikipedia experience and poetic writing skills, leave a note.

  • List of backlogs to deal with
Category:Wikipedia backlog (all backlogs)

Notes to self[edit]

The Signpost
27 February 2017

I can't read in a straight line - I learn by doing and keep the user manual at arm's reach.





Wikipedia:Policies and Guidelines

Help:Contents/Policies and guidelines
Category:Wikipedia policies and guidelines




Wikipedia:Guide to layout

Wikipedia:Manual of Style


Wikipedia:Glossary - Acronyms and Wikipedian-speak




Wikipedia:No original research

Wikipedia:Reliable sources



Wikipedia:Embedded citations

Wikipedia:Citation templates

Wikipedia:Harvard referencing

Wikipedia:External links

Wikipedia:Forum for Encyclopedic Standards

Category:Wikipedia resources for researchers

Tip of the day[edit]

Searching Wikipedia with regular expressions (regex)

To search all of Wikipedia using regex, you need to download the Wikipedia database and do the search offline with AutoWikiBrowser's Database Scanner. Activate it from the tools menu in AutoWikiBrowser (AWB). It returns the names of the pages that match your query, which you can have sent directly to AWB's list maker (then you can use AWB to view them all). The Database Scanner has many features, and each query can be easily configured to match, exclude, specify namespaces, ignore redirects, etc. as you see fit.

To a lesser extent, regex (regular expressions) can be used online to search Wikipedia in the following ways:

  • To search Wikipedia titles with regex, use Grep.
  • WikEd, the full-featured Wikipedia integrated text editor for Firefox, Safari, and Google Chrome web browsers, can do regex searches within the current page (in the edit window). Enable WikEd from your user Preferences in Gadgets.
  • AutoWikiBrowser can do regex search/replaces, on a list of articles that you provide it.
Read more:
Regular expression (regex)  
AutoWikiBrowser (AWB)  
WikEd help  
To add this auto-updating template to your user page, use {{totd}}