Wikipedia:Meetup/Western University/1Lib1Ref 2020

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

  1. 1Lib1Ref 2020 has started. (refresh)

What is #1Lib1Ref?[edit]

1Lib1Ref is a campaign inviting every librarian on Earth to improve the quality of Wikipedia articles by adding missing citations. Any citation to a reliable source is a benefit to Wikipedia readers worldwide. The goal is for every participant to add a single reference to Wikipedia during the campaign period, which runs from January 15 to February 5. Western is hosting three events during which you can learn about Wiki editing, become a Wiki Editor yourself and help us eliminate the backlog of "citation needed" notices.

Why participate?[edit]

There will be food, prizes and the opportunity to meet and network with other library workers throughout Western Libraries. It's fun, exciting and afterwards you'll be able to put a line on your resume about being a Wiki Editor. Plus, you'll be improving the information landscape for Wikipedia users worldwide!

Have your edits count in the friendly competition between academic libraries! Visit the Dashboard to see our contributions

Event information[edit]

Event Date Time Location
Competition Kick-Off Wednesday January 15 11:30am-1:30pm FIMS FNB 3010 Computer Lab
Edit-a-Thon Wednesday January 22 11:30am-1:30pm FIMS FNB 3010 Computer Lab
Wiki Tuesday Tuesday February 4 11:00am-1:00pm Weldon Instruction Room

What to expect[edit]

On the day of an event, drop into the lab and find an available computer (you can also use your own device). If you don't already have one, go to Wikipedia and create a free account. Choose your name wisely or you'll be stuck with something silly like PrincessPrickly for the rest of your life (speaking from experience).

There will be people available to help you get started or you can follow the self-guided instructions below.

The goal is to add at least 1 citation and tag the edit with #1Lib1Ref and #WLib so we can track our impact.


Thank you for participating in #1Lib1Ref 2020. Add your name by clicking Edit Source at the top of this page, scrolling down to the Participants section and type your username or real name and click Publish Changes. If you weren't able to attend in person but still added a citation, make sure you add your name as well!

Event user tag[edit]

Show that you participated in #1Lib1Ref 2020!

To add this user tag to your user page, click to edit this page, copy the code, and paste to the edit box on your user page.

The Wikipedia Library OwlThis library professional added a citation to Wikipedia

Find citation needed tags[edit]

Citation Hunt Citation Hunt - use this tool to add reputable sources to Wikipedia articles that are lacking them.

Simply search for a topic of interest and if a citation is needed, it will appear above the search box. If you have a source to add, select I Got This!

List of articles with unsourced statements
Here is a list of all Wikipedia articles with unsourced statements

Help with adding citations[edit]

Introduction to referencing with Visual Editor - Learn how to add citations using the Visual Editor

Introduction to referencing with Wiki Markup - Learn how to add citations using Wiki Markup

Step-by-step instructions for adding citations from

Watch this short video for instructions on how to use the Visual Editor in Wikipedia. Start the video at 3:52

Open resources[edit]

Here are some open resources to consult while adding references. Please add other open resources to this list.

Directory of Open Access Journals

Open Textbooks by subject

OpenDOAR by country

List of open-access journals - Wikipedia

You might also try finding information in news sources.

List of top newspapers in the United States