Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines

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Wikipedia's goal is to provide knowledge. But knowledge is only useful if you can find it and make sense of it. The main limitation of a search box is that it can only look for what you already know exists. Our mission is to show what exists and provide easy access to that knowledge. Outlines, which present structured information, provide the following benefits:

  • They help the user see the overall structure and layout of the information related to a subject
  • The bird's eye view provided by outlines allows users to see patterns in the information in a relatively painless way
  • By the way they are organized, outlines help users find individual pages that match some criteria
  • Outlines reveal gaps in the information that need to be filled in

For examples of well-developed outlines, see those on anarchism, ancient Rome, Buddhism, canoeing and kayaking, cell biology, chess, forestry, Iceland, and Japan.

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Scope[edit]

Each outline article is a list of a subject's topics arranged hierarchically to show the relationships between them: those that are the most important, general entries and those that give more specialist detail. Outlines show the structure of articles about a subject, opening a whole new way of navigating it. They could be considered Wikipedia's equivalent to Brittanica's Propædia.

Each outline is intended to help the reader become familiar with the subject it presents, and also serves as a table of contents or site map to that subject's coverage on Wikipedia. Outlines are different from portals or indexes. While a portal focuses solely on well-developed featured content, an outline's main purpose is to direct readers through a subject's related articles. Indexes are intended to be comprehensive alphabetical lists of articles related to subject, but finding something in an alphabetical index can be difficult if one does not know the article title (and if one does, one hardly needs the index). Outlines might not list every article in a subject, and often their links lead to lists or other outlines to provide further detail. For an example, compare Portal:Japan, Index of Japan-related articles, and Outline of Japan.

Article alerts[edit]

This project is now served by Article alerts, which can be seen at Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Article alerts. This will allow us to know about any AfDs or other such discussions without having to rely on manual notifications. The Alerts page is easily transcluded into userspace if desired.

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Open Tasks[edit]

See also: Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Open tasks

What's going on with outlines[edit]

New outlines (under construction)
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Add pictures[edit]

Examples of outlines with good picture support include:

Start a new outline[edit]

To start a new outline...

See also: Helpful tips (read it!)
  • First, decide which topic you'd like to outline. It could be as broad as Outline of mathematics, or as narrow as Outline of chocolate and start the page. The title should be in the format of Outline of
  • Write a little introduction before outlining to get warmed up, this will also become the introductory paragraph of the outline.
  • Start listing articles on your topic. You can find them by using Special:PrefixIndex and a site allintitle Google search.
  • Organize links in a way that is accessible so that people can find the articles linked to. You might use an {{Outline generator}} template, like this: {{subst:Outline generator|topic uncapitalized|topic capitalized}} or, if you're outlining a specific country, {{subst:Template:Outline country|country name}}.
  • After that, you can add a few pictures to make the outline look nicer. Try using different ones than the ones on the article by searching on Wikimedia Commons.
  • Once you've finished, take a look back and see if you were able to outline the subject successfully and then post your work here so that other editors are aware it exists and can review it.

Work on an existing outline[edit]

Most outlines are incomplete, because subjects change over time, and so does Wikipedia's coverage of them.

See Portal:Contents/Outlines, and choose a subject that interests you, and start adding links.

Work on a draft[edit]

Here are some draft starts waiting to be developed enough to move to article space.

Drafts approaching graduation to article space:[edit]

Outline drafts with some meat on them:

  1. Draft:Outline of Mercury (planet)
  2. Draft:Outline of Venus
  3. Draft:Outline of Mars
  4. Draft:Outline of Saturn
  5. Draft:Outline of Jupiter
  6. Draft:Outline of Neptune
  7. Draft:Outline of Uranus
  8. Draft:Outline of Abraham Lincoln
  9. Draft:Outline of God
  10. Draft:Outline of Jesus
  11. Draft:Outline of accounting
  12. Draft:Outline of acoustics
  13. Draft:Outline of acting
  14. Draft:Outline of advertising
  15. Draft:Outline of agricultural science
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  17. Draft:Outline of animation
  18. Draft:Outline of armed forces
  19. Draft:Outline of association football
  20. Draft:Outline of astrophysics
  21. Draft:Outline of auto racing
  22. Draft:Outline of bodybuilding
  23. Draft:Outline of business ethics
  24. Draft:Outline of cardiology
  25. Draft:Outline of climatology
  26. Draft:Outline of conservatism
  27. Draft:Outline of dogs
  28. Draft:Outline of encyclopedias
  29. Draft:Outline of fungi
  30. Draft:Outline of gridiron football
  31. Draft:Outline of gymnastics
  32. Draft:Outline of housing
  33. Draft:Outline of human physiology
  34. Draft:Outline of modern history
  35. Draft:Outline of ontologies
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  37. Draft:Outline of rock music
  38. Draft:Outline of rugby
  39. Draft:Outline of rugby league
  40. Draft:Outline of the Book of Mormon
  41. Draft:Outline of the Olympic Games
  42. Draft:Outline of the World Wide Web
  43. Draft:Outline of the arts
  44. Draft:Outline of time

Drafts that may benefit from WP books[edit]

  1. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of dyslexia
  2. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of Doctor Who
  3. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of Henry Ford
  4. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of Bitcoin

Drafts to make for which the corresponding article is mostly an outline:[edit]

  1. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of behavioral neuroscience
  2. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of business analysis

Bare bones drafts:[edit]

  1. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of Albert Einstein
  2. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of Thomas Edison
  3. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of Mahatma Ghandi
  4. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of Julius Caesar
  5. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of Linus Pauling
  6. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of Western fiction
  7. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of anime
  8. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of applied mathematics
  9. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of aquaculture
  10. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of architectural engineering
  11. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of art history
  12. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of astrobiology
  13. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of baked goods
  14. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of beer
  15. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of biogeography
  16. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of biological engineering
  17. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of biomedical engineering
  18. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of bowling
  19. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of boxing
  20. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of bread
  21. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of cognitive psychology
  22. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of cognitive science
  23. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of comics
  24. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of common law
  25. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of computer networking
  26. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of constitutional law
  27. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of crime fiction
  28. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of criminal law
  29. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of cue sports
  30. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of dairy
  31. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of dairy products
  32. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of drink
  33. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of earthquakes
  34. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of electronics
  35. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of entrepreneurship
  36. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of family and consumer science
  37. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of fire safety
  38. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of food
  39. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of forest hydrology
  40. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of fruits
  41. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of geoengineering
  42. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of herbs and spices
  43. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of hockey
  44. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of horror fiction
  45. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of housing
  46. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of human resource management
  47. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of information technology management
  48. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of journalism
  49. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of juggling
  50. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of lacrosse
  51. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of magic (illusion)
  52. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of mass communication
  53. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of meat
  54. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of museums
  55. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of non-fiction
  56. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of oceanography
  57. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of personal life
  58. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of post-classical history
  59. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of recreation
  60. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of reference works
  61. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of research
  62. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of role-playing games
  63. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of romance fiction
  64. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of safety
  65. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of secondary education
  66. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of spy fiction
  67. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of street art
  68. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of tabletop role-playing games
  69. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of the American Indian Wars
  70. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of the Bible
  71. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of the LGBT community
  72. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of the Russian Revolution
  73. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of the food industry
  74. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of tinea
  75. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of tools
  76. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of tourism
  77. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of typography
  78. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of urban studies
  79. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of vegetables
  80. Wikipedia:WikiProject Outlines/Drafts/Outline of weapons

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  3. Draft:Outline of admiralty law
  4. Draft:Outline of aerobics
  5. Draft:Outline of African history
  6. Draft:Outline of African philosophy
  7. Draft:Outline of agnosticism
  8. Draft:Outline of AIDS
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  47. Draft:Outline of counseling (list)
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  59. Draft:Outline of disabilities
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  61. Draft:Outline of drugs (list)
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  63. Draft:Outline of Earth
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  65. Draft:Outline of economic development
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  100. Draft:Outline of humanity
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  161. Draft:Outline of popular culture
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  188. Draft:Outline of temples
  189. Draft:Outline of the Achaemenid Empire
  190. Draft:Outline of the applied arts
  191. Draft:Outline of the British Empire
  192. Draft:Outline of the environment
  193. Draft:Outline of the fine arts
  194. Draft:Outline of the history of science
  195. Draft:Outline of the Holocaust
  196. Draft:Outline of the sun
  197. Draft:Outline of the World
  198. Draft:Outline of tornadoes
  199. Draft:Outline of toxicology
  200. Draft:Outline of toys
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  205. Draft:Outline of urban planning
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