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This page has information on planning and resources for the "Shaping the Modern World" online writing assignment.

The goal of this assignment is for each group of students to choose an underdeveloped or missing article on Wikipedia related to World History and improve it to Good Article status during the duration of the course.

Introduction for students[edit]

Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, is an encyclopedia that can be edited by anyone. It has many millions (!) of editors (Wikipedians), many of whom are students like you. The vast majority of them are volunteers who find editing this site to be an enjoyable experience, even a hobby. Therefore I hope you will enjoy this exercise and the course! After all, there are not many exercises that tell you to do something that over a million people think is 'fun'.

Wikipedia:Tutorial is the best place to start your adventure with this wiki. Please familiarize yourself with instructions for students and if you have any questions, check the Help:Contents and if you cannot find what you are looking for, ask the friendly people at Wikipedia:Help desk - or contact me.

Before making any major edits, it is recommended that you create an account. You definitely need to have an account before attempting to do any wiki-related coursework (otherwise we will be unable to confirm if you have completed the exercise). After you create an account, if you know your group already, add your name in the section below.

Remember that Wikipedia is not a project limited only to our university. We are guests here and we should all behave accordingly. Please make sure you read Wikipedia:Wikiquette. Please try to think what impression you want other Wikipedians to have of our university — and of yourselves.

You should expect that the course lecturer, other students, your friends, and even (or especially) other Wikipedia editors (not affiliated with our course) will leave you various messages on your talk pages. When working on the exercises below, you should log in to Wikipedia and check your messages as often as you check your email (I strongly recommend you read 'as often' as 'at least daily'). Whenever you have a new message and are logged to Wikipedia, you will see a large orange message, 'You have new messages', on every Wikipedia page you access. To make this message disappear, you should click on it and read the message. Note that it is customary to leave new messages at the bottom of the talk/discussion pages, and to reply to somebody's messages on their talk pages. If you want to leave somebody a message, make sure you are editing their talk page, not their user page. Remember to sign your talk and discussion messages.

Some other useful tips: whenever you are done with an edit and want to save a page, fill out the edit summary box and view a preview of the page after your edit to make sure it looks as you actually want it to look. Only then click the "Save Page" button. You may find the page history tool and watchlist tools to be very useful when you want to check what changes by other editors have been made to the article(s) you are working on.

Please direct any questions to the project talk page. You are welcome to send emails, or drop by to see me during our office hours, and ask about Wikipedia how-to; but please try to find the answer first on the Help:Contents.

Stages and deadlines[edit]

  • During January 11 lecture, we will have a segment introducing this assignment.  Done
  • Start. Get familiar with wikipedia. Make some trial edits, however minor. Demystify the process. Leave behind any sense of intimidation. As wikipedia puts it, learn to be bold. Learn basic editing skllls.
* find ANYTHING' that needs to be edited, i.e., your user page, and edit it, then send me the link to the difference. mostly  Done
  • Make a Plan. But minor edits alone won't get us much closer towards Good Article status. We need to have a sense of what more needs to be done, and an overall plan for the article. Look at models and guidelines (e.g. Manual of Style or the Guide for nominating good articles). What sections are required? What will be the article structure? What information is needed? Who in your group will write what?
  • By February 4 each group or individual should have an article selected, a plan, and a list of sources. . You should inform the instructor of your article selection. mostly  Done
  • By February 12 you should create and write preliminary "to-do" list on article talk pages, explaining who will do what, and inform the instructor that you have done so with a diff to his talk page. If the article does not exist, you should stub it (see what makes a good stub). Groups which create very good to do lists and stubs may receive up to bonus credits.
  • Share. You will need to divide up the tasks that we've identified in the planning stage. Who is going to do what and when?
  • Research. This is vital. A wikipedia article is worth nothing unless it comprises verified research, appropriately referenced. This will entail going to the library, as well as surfing the internet!
  • Assemble and copy-edit. As the referenced research is added to an article, we need to ensure that it does not become baggy and disorganized, though there will be moments when it is obviously in a transitional stage.
  • Informal Review. First, informal reviews among ourselves and consultation with the course instructor. You should have a draft outline ready by February 25 and submit it to the instructor so he can comment on it and give you further advice. You can try the Wikipedia peer review to get additional input. Groups which will have a draft good enough to submit for Wikipedia peer review by Thursday February 25 have an advantage in making their article ready for GA.
  • Good article nomination. By March 1 at the latest. In most subjects, there is a backlog of articles to be reviewed and a nomination, once the review starts, can be put on hold until you make changes in line with the reviewer's suggestions.
  • This means your article should be "mostly" finished by then! But it doesn't mean your work is done. FAR FROM IT! You are responsible for keeping daily track of comments by reviewers (which will include mine), answering them and addressing them. If you think they are unreasonable, when in doubt, ask the instructor). Here are some sample Good Article reviews and related discussions, so you know what to expect: example1, example2, exampe3.

Important tips[edit]

Create an account and sign in every time you edit

Whenever you edit, make sure that you are signed in (if in the top right corner of the screen you see "log in" button, you are not signed in!). If you are not signed in, course instructor will not be able to verify that you were the person who made the edit and give you points for it.

Talk pages

Whenever editing a talk page, add four tildes ~~~~ to the end of all comments you make on talk pages. This will let people know who is talking. You can also just press the signature button.

Selecting an article

You can chose to create an entirely new article related to family, if the topic you'd like to write about is missing. You can also expand an existing Wikipedia article related to family, if there is ample room for expansion (rule of thumb: if the article has only a few sentences, it is a good choice for expansion, if it has a few long sections, probably not). Most articles assessed as a "stub" qualify for this assignment. For example: Bologna sausage

Important tip: try to chose a subject that you are interested in. It's much easier to write about something interesting than it is to write about something boring!

As soon as possible, you or your group should agree on a topic and get in touch (by email) with the course instructor so he can verify it is a good topic. You may want to select one or more subjects and list them in the order of preference, in case your first choice is rejected, to save time.

What kind of an article are we writing?

We are not doing any original research. You will not be collecting data, analyzing it, or writing about your experiences. We will not be witting an essay with personal opinions or judgments. Instead, we will be writing an encyclopedic article, summarizing an existing, verifiable state of knowledge from a field. See Wikipedia in brief for a short list of what an encyclopedic article we will be writing here is.

Getting the article assessed as a Good Article[edit]

At the top of this page you will find a "how to" for nomination. There is also a dedicated guide for nominating good articles. You should nominate your article by March 20 at the latest (this means your article should be as ready as it would be if you would be submitting it to your course lecturer for a final grading!). If you can nominate it sooner, the better for you - every day gives you more time to read comments by the reviewers and address them. Remember: you may get max score (25%) even if you don't address all the comments of the reviewer in time (particularly if he posts them very late); but addressing them and passing through the GA process guarantees you the max score (25%) for this assignment. The assignment does not with the nomination, you will likely have to fix various issues pointed out by the reviewer. If the reviewer posts useful comments, you should do your best to address them; of course this mean you may disagree with him if you think you know better (reviewers are not perfect).

We don't own the articles

Wikipedia is a project with millions of editors, who collaborate on all articles. We don't own the articles we work on. Don't be surprised if you receive comments from editors who are not part of the course, or if they do edit your article. All editors are here to help; don't hesitate to get extra help - Wikipedia has ton of places you can do so.

Expect to interact (politely) with others

It is likely that over the course of the project, you will receive messages from editors outside our course, and that they will make edits to your article. Be polite in replying, and don't hesitate to ask them to explain something.

Work on Wikipedia

A. Don't work on a draft in Microsoft Word. Work on a draft in the article on Wikipedia. This way your colleagues (and instructor) will be aware of what you are doing the instant you do so, and can comment on it sooner.

B. Don't exchange comments by email. Exchange comments by using article's talk pages, for the same reasons as above (unless you are certain that your discussion have to stay private).

Remember: gaining experience with wiki software may be more important to your future career than detailed knowledge of World history. Three years ago, Technorati's chief technologist states that in five years "knowledge of wikis will be a required job skill". Do the math.

Getting extra help

You can always ask the course instructor for help. You should not hesitate to ask your fellow students from other groups for help, for example if you see they have mastered some editing trick you have yet to learn. We are here to collaborate, not compete. If you can lobby and get help/assistance/advice from other editors to improve your work (for example by using Wikipedia:Peer review, Wikipedia:Help desk or Wikipedia:Reference desk), I am perfectly fine with it. Be bold and show initiative, it usually helps.

Advice from past assignments

This is not the first time I am running this assignment for my students. Based on my past experiences, here are common mistakes that tend to lower your grade:

  • read the "getting extra help" tip above
  • try to complete the extra credit assignments outlined here
  • complete WP:TUTORIAL and edit some Wikipedia articles "for fun" early on; experience gained will be very helpful
  • work on a draft on Wikipedia, in the article; don't work in Microsoft Word or such.

Style guides[edit]

To get past the stumbling blocks of GA, articles will have to conform to the Wikipedia style guides. The three largest barriers are:

Secondary style guide are specific to different projects. Articles must conform to these also. Conflict between any of these is inevitable and troublesome; editors simply have to work out conflicts through consensus.

The simplest way to understand the various style guides is to examine articles that have passed GA or FA. You can see Wikipedia Good Articles from the section here. Good history related ones include 1918 flu pandemic, National Industrial Recovery Act, Battle of the Nile, Werner Mölders, Battle of Biti Paka, Hermann Detzner, Peterloo Massacre, Indigenous people of the Everglades region. Other good examples include Featured articles from the section "Culture and society", for example: Society of the Song Dynasty, Max Weber, Fairy tale, Social class in the United States, On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog, Anti-nuclear movement in Australia, African American culture.


Editors in course[edit]

Course instructor: Auntieruth55

Add your name alphabetically (by user name) to the list, using the number sign and the four tildas, like this: # ~~~~

  1. Benro129 (talk) 00:24, 26 January 2010 (UTC) Benro129
  2. BettySpaghetti81 (talk) 05:54, 28 January 2010 (UTC)
  3. Bmonicole (talk) 00:24, 26 January 2010 (UTC) bmonicole
  4. Clarker1 (talk) 04:03, 26 January 2010 (UTC) Clarker1
  5. DanRCohen (talk) 01:07, 26 January 2010 (UTC)
  6. Hersh016 (talk) 04:16, 26 January 2010 (UTC)hersh016
  7. Kishwa (talk) 07:38, 26 January 2010 (UTC)
  8. Mark garvey (talk) 16:41, 26 January 2010 (UTC)
  9. Megzie113 (talk) 22:10, 25 January 2010 (UTC)Megzie113
  10. Mitchel2 (talk) 04:06, 26 January 2010 (UTC)
  11. MooreSvn (talk) 23:35, 25 January 2010 (UTC)
  12. Nock526 (talk) 23:58, 27 January 2010 (UTC)
  13. Panzak7 (talk) 04:06, 26 January 2010 (UTC) panzak7
  14. Salamakajakawaka (talk) 05:00, 26 January 2010 (UTC) Salamakajakawaka
  15. Wexlax20 (talk) 15:51, 26 January 2010 (UTC)
  16. Mangophumin (talk) 15:58, 26 January 2010 (UTC)
  17. Ragfin (talk) 16:27, 26 January 2010 (UTC)
  18. Mzwhiz21 (talk) 16:29, 26 January 2010 (UTC)mzwhiz21
  19. Julz131 (talk) 16:35, 26 January 2010 (UTC)
  20. Weepy89 (talk) 16:41, 26 January 2010 (UTC) Weepy89
  21. Noeljack (talk) 16:58, 26 January 2010 (UTC)
  22. Saralo16 (talk) 17:28, 26 January 2010 (UTC)
  23. Rudy4rachel (talk) 17:37, 26 January 2010 (UTC)
  24. Trod17 (talk) 19:08, 26 January 2010 (UTC)
  25. Rubyt38 (talk) 21:02, 26 January 2010 (UTC)
  26. Santolinek (talk) 00:17, 27 January 2010 (UTC)
  27. Daniel Kemp (talk) 03:47, 27 January 2010 (UTC)
  28. Chelcal (talk) 15:53, 27 January 2010 (UTC)
  29. Nicocorn20 (talk) 16:30, 27 January 2010 (UTC)
  30. Timpguy22 (talk) 17:18, 27 January 2010 (UTC)
  31. Donovank (talk) 18:19, 27 January 2010 (UTC)
  32. DaisyPearlTT (talk) 20:22, 27 January 2010 (UTC)
  33. MBB7713 (talk) 21:19, 27 January 2010 (UTC)
  34. Scotty450 (talk)
  35. Paraskevia8 (talk) 02:04, 28 January 2010 (UTC)
  36. DukeSoccer11 (talk) 15:38, 28 January 2010 (UTC)

Articles edited[edit]

To add your article to this list, copy the following codes below.

  • Copy this for the listing: # {{la|ArticleName}} ~~~~ inserting the name of your article for "Article Name"

  1. Battle of Dürenstein‎ (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views)Siege of Godesberg (1583)Battle of SchliengenKarl Aloys zu FürstenbergAuntieruth55 (talk) 18:22, 16 February 2010 (UTC)
  2. Coalition for Christian Outreach (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) Ragfin
  3. United Mine Workers of America (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views)
  4. Mount St. Peter Church (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) Rudy4rachel (talk) 02:22, 17 February 2010 (UTC)
  5. The Bad Seed (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) DaisyPearlTT (talk)
  6. IUPAC (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) Salamakajakawaka (talk) 19:00, 17 February 2010 (UTC)
  7. User:Bmonicole//sandbox (edit | [[Talk:User:Bmonicole//sandbox|talk]] | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) Bmonicole (talk) 22:42, 17 February 2010 (UTC)
  8. Freshmen 15 (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) Kishwa (talk) 02:46, 18 February 2010 (UTC)
  9. The Effect of World War I on Children in the United States (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) Santolinek (talk) 03:16, 24 February 2010 (UTC)
  10. Traditional African Medicine (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) Mitchel2 (talk) 22:51, 6 March 2010 (UTC)
  11. Tom Welling (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) Trod17 (talk) 03:15, 17 February 2010 (UTC)
  12. 2009–10 Duquesne Dukes men's basketball team (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) Daniel Kemp (talk) 19:34, 13 March 2010 (UTC)
  13. Winchester 1200 (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) Mzwhiz21 (talk) 02:44, 15 March 2010 (UTC)
  14. Winchester Model 1897 (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) Rubyt38 (talk) 02:30, 16 March 2010 (UTC)
  15. Protein allergy (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views)user: clarker1Clarker1 (talk) 15:52, 18 March 2010 (UTC)
  16.  Wolfgang Harich (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) Nock526 (talk) 02:09, 25 March 2010 (UTC)
  17. Pittston coal strike (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views)Megzie113 (talk) 13:13, 29 March 2010 (UTC)
  18. Saiga semi-automatic rifle (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) Weepy89 (talk) 17:27, 3 April 2010 (UTC)
  19. Human Hair Growth (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) Bmonicole (talk) 21:03, 5 April 2010 (UTC)
  20. Roberts Syndrome (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) MooreSvn (talk) MooreSvn (talk) 20:41, 6 April 2010 (UTC)
  21. Frank McKetta (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) DukeSoccer11 (talk) 23:07, 6 April 2010 (UTC)
  22. Neuroacanthocytosis (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) Saralo16 Saralo16 (talk) 17:15, 8 April 2010 (UTC)
  23. February Shadows (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) Paraskevia8 (talk) 20:49, 19 April 2010 (UTC)
  24. Hacking: The Art of Exploitation, Second Edition (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) Elmsy2424 (talk)
  25. Jana Skinny Water (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) Chelcal (talk) 15:30, 20 April 2010 (UTC
  26. Freaky Green Eyes (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) Noeljack (talk) 18:26, 20 April 2010 (UTC)
  27. Shortwave Listening (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) nicocorn20 (talk)
  28. World War II Radio Heroes: Letters of Compassion (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) Wexlax20 (talk)
  • Copy this for the edit summary: Adding [[ArticleName]], again, replacing "Article Name" with the name of your article. Insert your article at the bottom of the list.
  • on article talk page, you might wish to add {{EducationalAssignment|date=2010|link=Wikipedia:School and university projects/Shaping the Modern World SP2010}} so that others who come across the page will know you are working on it. The message should look like this.

Peer reviews we have done[edit]

Reviewer Article
Clarker1 Effect of World War I on Children in the United States
Mount St. Peter Church
Freshman 15
Mzwhiz21 Tom Welling
Megzie113 Human hair growth
Hacking: The Art of Exploitation, Second Edition
Freaky Green Eyes
Jana Skinny Water
Saralo16 Tom Welling
Roberts syndrome

Protein allergy

Trod17 Freshman 15

Winchester Model 1897

Rudy4rachel Effect of World War I on Children in the United States
The Bad Seed
Freshman 15
Weepy89 Frank McKetta
Mitchel2 Freshman 15
Human hair growth
Donovank Human hair growth
Freshman 15
Protein allergy
Nicocorn20 Frank McKetta
Flavored water
MooreSvn Neuroacanthocytosis
Santolinek February Shadows
Freaky Green Eyes
Tom Welling
Kishwa Traditional African Medicine
Ben Protein allergy
Mount St. Peter Church
Tom Welling
Human hair growth
Wexlax20 Protein allergy
Frank McKetta

Good Article Nominations[edit]

Protein allergy Clarker1 (talk) 18:16, 16 April 2010 (UTC)

Neuroacanthocytosis Saralo16 (talk) 19:13, 16 April 2010 (UTC)

Pittston Coal strike Megzie113 (talk) 19:49, 16 April 2010 (UTC)

Tom Welling Trod17 (talk) 15:07, 17 April 2010 (UTC)

Winchester 1200 Mzwhiz21 (talk) 00:19, 18 April 2010 (UTC)

Mount St. Peter Church Rudy4rachel (talk) 21:24, 18 April 2010 (UTC)

Winchester Model 1897 Rubyt38 (talk) 20:28, 18 April 2010 (UTC)

Effect of World War I on Children in the United States Santolinek (talk) 23:18, 20 April 2010 (UTC)

2009–10 Duquesne Dukes men's basketball team Daniel Kemp (talk) 23:37, 20 April 2010 (UTC)

World War II Radio Heroes: Letters of Compassion Wexlax20 (talk) 03:16, 21 April 2010 (UTC)

Roberts Syndrome MooreSvn (talk) 14:48, 22 April 2010 (UTC)

Saiga semi-automatic rifle Weepy89 (talk) 17:26, 24 April 2010 (UTC)

Traditional African Medicine Mitchel2 (talk) 18:49, 25 April 2010 (UTC)

Shortwave listening Nicocorn20 (talk) 02:55, 26 April 2010 (UTC)

IUPAC Salamakajakawaka (talk) 14:54, 27 April 2010 (UTC)

Good Articles[edit]

  1. Winchester 1200 Mzwhiz21 (talk) 16:27, 24 April 2010 (UTC)
  2. Mount St. Peter Church Rudy4rachel (talk) 16:48, 25 April 2010 (UTC)
  3. Tom Welling Trod17 (talk) 20:17, 25 April 2010 (UTC)
  4. Winchester Model 1897 Rubyt38 (talk) 16:15, 25 April 2010 (UTC)
  5. IUPAC Salamakajakawaka (talk) 14:53, 27 April 2010 (UTC)
  6. Traditional African medicine Mitchel2 (talk) 16:14, 28 April 2010 (UTC)
  7. Pittston Coal strike Megzie113 (talk) 01:10, 29 April 2010 (UTC)


Post them at the discussion page of this article and/or email your course instructor!