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Complete the introductory training modules. During this training, you will make edits in a sandbox and learn the basic rules of Wikipedia.
Create a User page.
To practice editing and communicating on Wikipedia, introduce yourself to another student on their user talk page.
Explore topics related to your topic area to get a feel for how Wikipedia is organized. What areas seem to be missing? As you explore, make a mental note of articles that seem like good candidates for improvement.
All students have Wikipedia user accounts and are listed on the course page.
Tuesday, 16 February 2016 | Thursday, 18 February 2016
Assignment - Using sources
Review close paraphrasing, plagiarism, and copyright violations on Wikipedia.
Handouts to access online: Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism Supplementary training: [[../../../training/students/sources|Sources and Citations ]]
Assignment - List 5 sources
Research and list 5 articles on the Wikipedia page to which you are adding. Look at the talk page for existing topics for a sense of who else is working on it and what they're doing.
Make sure your sources are secondary or tertiary if they are general. If they are organism specific, or classic papers, then primary is ok as long as you have vetted the article to make sure it is well done.
Assignment - Annotate first 5 articles
Annotate the first 5 articles on your list
Assignment - Add to an article
Add 1–2 sentences of new information related to your topic to a Wikipedia article, backed up with a citation to an appropriate source.
Tuesday, 23 February 2016 | Thursday, 25 February 2016
Assignment - Compile bibliography of 20-25 sources
Finish compiling a 20-25 article bibliography of relevant, reliable sources and post it to the talk page of the article you are working on. Begin reading the sources. Make sure to check in on the talk page (or watchlist) to see if anyone has advice on your bibliography.
Assignment - Annotate next 5 articles
Annotate the next 5 articles on your list
Tuesday, 1 March 2016 | Thursday, 3 March 2016
Assignment - Annotate remaining 10 articles
Finish annotating the top 20 articles you will use for your assignment.
Assignment - Drafting outline of article
If you are starting a new article, write an outline of the topic in the form of a standard Wikipedia lead section of 3–4 paragraphs in your sandbox. Wikipedia articles use "summary style", in which the lead section provides a balanced summary of the entire body of the article, with the first sentence serving to define the topic and place it in context. The lead section should summarize, very briefly, each of the main aspects of the topic that will be covered in detail in the rest of the article. If you are improving an existing article, draft a new lead section reflecting your proposed changes, and post this along with a brief description of your plans on the article’s talk page. Make sure to check that page often to gather any feedback the community might provide.
Begin working with classmates and other editors to polish your lead section and fix any major issues.
Continue research in preparation for writing the body of the article.
Tuesday, 8 March 2016 | Thursday, 10 March 2016
Assignment - Peer review outline
Peer review the outlines posted by your classmates. What suggestions do you have for: the flow of ideas, concepts that are missing, etc? Provide feedback that you would want to receive!
Tuesday, 15 March 2016 | Thursday, 17 March 2016
Assignment - Complete first draft
Expand your outline into a complete first draft. Be sure to consider your classmates' suggestions when writing!
Tuesday, 22 March 2016 | Thursday, 24 March 2016
Assignment - Provide feedback on 2 articles
Peer review two other students' articles. Offer suggestions for improvement based on your ideas of what makes a solid encyclopedia article. Make sure to comment on concepts that may need further explanation, or those that are explained too much.
Make edits to your article based on peers’ feedback, and any additional reading you may want to include. If you disagree with a suggestion, use talk pages to politely discuss and come to a consensus on your edit.
Post your article to the mainspace.
Tuesday, 5 April 2016 | Thursday, 7 April 2016
Assignment - Peer review 2 articles
Peer review 2 classmates articles. Provide feedback for future improvement.
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 | Thursday, 14 April 2016
Assignment - Final article
Add final touches to your Wikipedia article. This will be the final, graded draft.