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Citizen Science and Crowd Sourcing: Wikipedia Editing


This page is designed to introduce new Wikipedians to the basics of contributing to one of the largest open educational resources in the world. This very basic introduction to editing can be supplemented with this helpful tutorial from Wikipedia.

You can improve Wikimedia Commons most if you contribute what you can do best:

  • Improve images If you're a good photographer, don't hesitate to contribute your valuable images. If you're a good designer, look which diagrams and animations are badly needed.
  • Translate pages into a language other than English
  • Add references and links to existing pages

All of the content below is sourced from the Wikipedia help documentation, The Network of the National Library of Medicine Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Guide, Selena Bryant's Guide to Editing and Contributing to Wikipedia and Adeline Koh and Roopika Risam's Rewriting Wikipedia Project, especially their guide to How to Create Wikipedia Entries that Will Stick 


How to Contribute

Create an AccountYou do not need to register a username to edit, but registration is strongly encouraged.

  • When you create a new account, you have certain privileges. Once you have been active in Wikipedia with your new account, you can attain certain access levels, which include the ability to start a new article. All of this (including the intricacies of what those privileges can be) is outlined on the User Access Levels page.

Basic Editing - Training



Training and Videos

Project Ideas

Where to start

  • The Community portal includes lists of editing tasks you can work on including adding images, fixing links, and more.
  • Template messages\Cleanup: These messages are used to notify other editors that an entry could use some work.

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