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NES 1969 FWS: Rebellious Words – Arab Women's Writing - Starr

Goals for Today

By the end of today's workshop, you will be able to:

  • access your Wikipedia sandbox to begin experimenting with editing.
  • apply markup in your sandbox to create sections, bullets, and numbering in the your article
  • add links to other Wikipedia articles in the text of your article
  • add citations and references to your article
  • locate additional help for adding images and other features to your article
  • document your edits to existing pages and the development of your article in its Talk page.

Today's basic introduction to editing can be supplemented with this helpful PDF brochure from Wikipedia .

Create an Account and Go to Your Sandbox

  • Create an Account
    • Limits of being a new user: "Users who edit through an account they have registered may immediately create pages in any namespace (except the MediaWiki namespace, and limited to eight per minute) and may also e-mail other users if they activate an email address in their user preferences. All logged-in users may mark edits as minor. They may purge pages without a confirmation step, but are still required to answer a CAPTCHA when adding external links. They may also customize their Wikimedia interface and its options as they wish, via Special:Preferences or by adding personal CSS orJavaScript rules to their vector.css or vector.js files."
  • Create a space in your Sandbox to work on your article

[[user:yourusername/projectname]]

If you're building on an existing article stub, considering going to that stub, clicking Edit, copying the article from the Edit tab, and then pasting it into your project space.  You'll want to make your actual edits to the article without copying over the original article, but this gives you the stub to work with in your space without impacting the article.

Editing Tips to Make Your Contributions Stick

  • Make small edits and save after each one, rather than making a number of edits in one session before saving.  That way, if an editor disagrees, they can undo your changes more selectively rather than un-doing all of your changes.
  • Annotate your changes on the Talk page.
  • Add peer-reviewed citations from well-regarded, fact-checked sources.
  • Link to other existing Wikipedia pages. To add links, use 2 brackets on each side of the words you want to link to an entry.  For example: [[Cornell University]] automatically creates a link to the entry on Cornell. Be sure to doublecheck these links.

Basic Editing of Existing Entries

Basic formatting:

  • To create a section, use = on each side of the title.  Different numbers of = affect weight/size of header in hierarchy.
    • If an article has at least 4 headings, a Table of Contents will be automatically generated.
  • To create a bulleted list, use * in front of each item.
  • To create a numbered list, use # in front of each item. Numbers will be automatically generated.

 

Adding References to Existing Entries

  • To add a reference, put your cursor in place and then hit the Reference button.  A pop-up window will appear where you can enter your citation information.  References will automatically number.
    • If you have the ISBN for a book or an DOI for an article, start with that information on the corresponding template and the other fields will autopopulate.

Creating a New Entry

Tips:

  • To create a section, use = on each side of the title.  Different numbers of = affect weight/size of header in hierarchy.
  • To create a bulleted list, use * in front of each item.
  • To create a numbered list, use # in front of each item. Numbers will be automatically generated.

Tracking Changes

  • Watchlists: "Watching pages allows any logged-in user to keep a list of 'watched' pages and to generate a list of recent changes made to those pages (and their associated talk pages). In this way you can keep track of and react to what's happening to pages you have created or are otherwise interested in"
  • Follow Twitter accounts that track anonymous edits by IP addresses:
    • @congress-edits tweets anonymous Wikipedia edits that are made from IP addresses in the US Congress. 
    • @valleyedits tweetsanonymous Wikipedia edits from Google, Facebook, Apple, Twitter, and Wikimedia Foundation IP addresses. 

 

Ideas for Editing

Ways to begin

  • 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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