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Tips on using and contributing to Wikipedia


This is Wikipedia's tip library. Here you can digest how to use Wikipedia in bite-sized morsels. The tips listed below were created for the Tip of the day project, but are listed here by title and organized by subject area for your convenience.

See also Tip of the day and the Tip of the day talk page (where the tips are written). Wikipedia also has an introduction for aspiring contributors that provides information and resources on the basics needed to comprehend, comment on, and edit Wikipedia. For other useful directories, see the navigation bar above.

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Spell Checkers

Here are some spelling checkers to assist you in your Wikipedia editing. Please spell check before you save an article. (Also nice for spot checking articles).

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Tips about Wikipedia as a whole[edit]

Don't believe everything you read
Help Wikipedia help you
How reliable is Wikipedia?
Accuracy, quality and peer review
What the world knows about us
How popular is Wikipedia?
Copyrights? Copyleft
Wikipedia etiquette = Wikiquette
The Wikipedia Curriculum
"Where do I begin?"

Tips on accessing Wikipedia pages[edit]

Wikipedia for your cell phone or PDA

Finding your way around Wikipedia and beyond[edit]

"Where do I begin?"
To see everything on Wikipedia about a subject area...
Wikipedia has 20 sections, called namespaces
Namespace entry points
How to see a list of the pages in a namespace
Wikipedia's alphabetical index of articles
Getting a subpage listing
How to get a list of a page's subpages
When to use subpages
Wiki-exploration: beyond Wikipedia...
Wikimedia links and shortcuts
Linking to non-Wikimedia wikis
Can't find what you are looking for?

Tips on searching[edit]

Highlight text on any website, then search Wikipedia for it with a single click
Wikipedia-search with auto-completion
How to search Wikipedia with Lycos
Using Wikipedia's search box:
When a search fails, check your spelling
How to jump to the search box
Go Search
When "Go" doesn't work, try "Search"
Using the prefix in searches
Searching Wikipedia with Google:
Search Wikipedia from any website
Searching Wikipedia from any website
Search Wikipedia faster with Google search tricks
Wikipedia-specific Google searchbox
Wikipedia-specific searching with Google
Search Wikipedia with Google's site-specific search feature
Wikipedia-specific Google searchbox
When and how to exclude Wikipedia from your Google search
Another way to search Wikipedia with Google
Search Wikipedia and Google at the same time
Google Toolbar Current Site Search Button
Firefox search tips:
Wikipedia-specific searching within Firefox
Wikipedia Search Box for Firefox

Tips on bookmarking, creating access points, etc.[edit]

How to change your default Main Page
Wikipedia toolbar for Firefox

Getting help[edit]

Are you looking for help?
Go to the right desk
Ask intelligent questions I
Ask intelligent questions II
Keep track of your questions
Do you need administrator assistance?
Where to post requests

Tips for contributors on getting started[edit]

Create a user account
Why create an account?
The five pillars
Please read department instructions
Where to begin?
How to improve Wikipedia's reliability
Speed up your learning curve...
Are you lost?
Create your sister accounts now
How to sign your name on talk pages
To sign a message, type ~~~~
Advanced Signatures I
Advanced Signatures II
How to customize your signature
How to add hidden editor notes in an article
Watching for changes
How to look at the changes to an article
How to review user contributions
Page history
Where to write about current events
What can be included in Wikipedia?
Freedom of speech and profanity

Tips on working with articles[edit]

Be neutral, like Wikipedia
Be neutral when editing Wikipedia
Look before you leap
What writing style to use
No copies of primary sources
Not everything that's true is verifiable
Avoid trademarks
Avoid using neologisms
Preventing markup glitches
How to start a new article
How to create a new page
SuggestBot is a fun way to pick pages to edit
A fun way to pick pages to edit
The three revert rule
List the things to do for an article
The lead section
Lead section edit trick
Lead section size
Placing a page's Table of Contents
Cite your sources
Where did that fact come from?!
Don't use forums or emails as sources
Forums and emails are not acceptable sources
If you have privileged access to web pages...
Citation Requests
Acronyms and initialisms
S.W.A.T., T.I.M, & the U.S.D.A
Working with table formatting
Pretty tables
Using Math
How to create reusable boilerplate
Placing external links sections
Please fill-in edit summaries
Remember: fill-in the edit summary
Abbreviating edit summaries
Edit summary memory trick
Spellcheck before you hit "Save"
Spell Checkers
Use "Show preview" to check your work before you hit "Save"
Moving pages
Fix double redirects

Tips on editing[edit]

Check your work before you save, using Preview
Section edit button
Section editing
The edit toolbar
How to enable right-click section editing
Double click editing
Fast Wikipedia editing with AutoWikiBrowser
Power-editing with AutoWikiBrowser
Search and replace while editing an article
Search & replace in thousands of articles with AWB
Undoing edits

Tips on creating and editing links[edit]

Using Special:MyPage to make private links
When not to use links
Linking to another article
How to create a link to another article
Linking articles: the internal link
Linking to a section
How to link to a section of an article
External links
When to use external links
Placing "External links" sections
How to link to a category
How to link to a category without categorizing the page
Link tricks
Short link pipe trick
Interwiki links and shortcuts
Create links faster with link tricks
Time-saving links
Time-saving links: the "pipe trick"
Time-saving links II
How to make links look the way you want
My link disappeared!
How to use red links
Google search link
How to provide a link to a specific Google Search
Sister projects & interwiki linking
How to link to word definitions
Wikimedia links and shortcuts
Placing interlanguage links
Link articles to their foreign-language counterparts
Linking to non-Wikimedia wikis

Category tips[edit]

How to add an article to a category
Placing category tags
Sorting entries in the categories
How to create a category
How to create a subcategory
Category tips
Find stubs and expand them

Tips on working with specific types of pages[edit]

Redirect synonymous topic names
Fansites, Forums, & other Webpage Articles
Band articles
Working on the Main Page
Featured content
World of fiction
Beware of instruction creep

List tips[edit]

Topic list
The topic list
Why have lists when there are categories?
List building
Alphabetical list of articles

Disambiguation page tips[edit]

Same titles, different meanings
Formatting disambiguation pages

Tips on working with images[edit]

Image processing tools
How to find legal photographs and graphics
Permission Requests
Uploading Free Images
Tag your image uploads
Cite the source on all image uploads
Placing images
Inserting a picture in an article
How to add a picture to an article
Brilliant pictures

Boilerplate/template tips[edit]

What are templates used for?
Placing templates
How to transclude a page into the page you are editing
Transclusion caveat
Inclusion vs. Transclusion
Pick from a list of template parameter choices

User page tips[edit]

Your user page
Displaying Tip of the day on your user page
How to display the tip of the day on your user page
Need ideas for your user page design?
Your very own Wikipedia bookmark page
User Sub Pages

Other ways to contribute[edit]

Be a Help Desk volunteer
Welcoming Committee
Join the fight against vandalism
WikiDefcon (Vandalism level indicator)
Intruder alert! Intruder alert! (Vandalism-level warning)
Wikipedia needs pictures. How you can help...
Become an Administrator
Help test the MediaWiki software
When is a Wikipedia project a WikiProject?
Spoken Wikipedia
Digital audio editors

Communicating with other editors[edit]

Talking to Wikipedians
What to do about unsigned comments
What did he say?
Be forgiving to new users
Gain feedback on your editing from other editors
Posting on the Wikipedia Community Bulletin Board
How to catch admin attention fast
Love thy neighbor
Try to see it my way!
In conflicts, reach consensus
Mediation Cabal
Explaining Wiki markup to other users
Wikimedia-wide issues
Strikeout button
Centralizing project discussion
Wikimedia has mailing lists

Watchdogging (monitoring) Wikipedia[edit]

Preview tomorrow's featured article
Use your watchlist
How to make your watchlist easier to read
How to watch for pages that don't exist yet
How to enable the Enhance recent changes setting
Join the Recent Changes Patrol!
Join Wikipedia's Counter Vandalism Unit
To count your edits, use Essjay's Edit Counter

Configuring and customizing your account[edit]

How to change your username
Reserve your username on the sister projects, before it gets taken
Customize appearance of dates
Keeping track of time
Troubleshooting Wikipedia's look and feel with skins
Double click editing
How to adjust the height of your edit window
How to enable right-click section editing
How to disable the section edit links
Making the edit summary input field larger
How to enable the Enhance recent changes setting
Upgrade Recent Changes in my preferences
User scripts
User scripts
Install your first javascript

Tips on working faster[edit]

Think outside the box
Think outside the box
Wikipedia search box focus
Viewing Persondata
Making the editbox more visually pleasing
Change text size quickly (with Ctrl-mouse wheel)
Automating tasks on Wikipedia
Are your hands full? (Use search box as a small but convenient clipboard)
Navigate fast using shortcuts
Navigate faster using Wikipedia shortcuts
Use Wikipedia shortcuts to navigate faster
Work faster with keyboard shortcuts
Keyboard shortcuts
Navigation popups
Power tool: Navigation Popups
Your customizable Wikipedia navigation hub
How to skip scrolling and clicking
How to make redirects turn green so you can see them


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Six of one, half-a-dozen of the other

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