How Wikipedia Works: And How You Can Be a Part of it

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Myxomatosis. The Order of Canada. Noble gas. Catherine de' Medici. The History of Superman? Whether you're doing serious research on the Web or just settling an argument, it's easy to get caught up in Wikipedia's two million articles. And that's not such a bad thing. But how'd all the information get there in the first place? And how can you tell if it's reliable?

Or say you want to become a part of Wikipedia and make your own contributions. ...

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Overview

Myxomatosis. The Order of Canada. Noble gas. Catherine de' Medici. The History of Superman? Whether you're doing serious research on the Web or just settling an argument, it's easy to get caught up in Wikipedia's two million articles. And that's not such a bad thing. But how'd all the information get there in the first place? And how can you tell if it's reliable?

Or say you want to become a part of Wikipedia and make your own contributions. Where do you begin?

In How Wikipedia Works, you'll learn the skills required to use and contribute to the world's largest reference work-like what constitutes good writing and research and how to work with images and templates.

With insight, anecdotes, and tips from three Wikipedia veterans, you'll learn how to:

  • Find information and evaluate the quality and reliability of articles
  • Contribute to existing articles by copyediting, writing new material, and fact-checking
  • Add new articles that conform to Wikipedia's guidelines and best practices-so that your hard work won't be deleted
  • Communicate with other Wikipedians through Talk pages, discussion forums, direct messaging, and more
  • Understand Wikipedia's policies and procedures and how they're created and enforced
  • Resolve content disputes and deal with vandals and other malicious editors

Wikipedia is made up of people just like you: students, professors, and everyday experts and fans. With about 10,000 articles added to Wikipedia each week, there are plenty of opportunities to join this global community. How Wikipedia Works explains how you can make the Web's go-to source for information even better. Instead of wondering where to begin, the question will be "How far will you go?"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593271763
  • Publisher: No Starch Press San Francisco, CA
  • Publication date: 9/30/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 536
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Phoebe Ayers (user:phoebe) is a science and engineering reference librarian at the University of California, Davis. She has been involved with Wikipedia since 2003 and is an organizer of the Wikimania conferences.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Content

Ch. 1 What's in Wikipedia? 3

Ch. 2 The World Gets a Free Encyclopedia 31

Ch. 3 Finding Wikipedia's Content 59

Ch. 4 Understanding and Evaluating an Article 99

Pt. II Editing

Ch. 5 Basic Editing 131

Ch. 6 Good Writing and Research 161

Ch. 7 Cleanup, Projects, and Processes 199

Ch. 8 Make and Mend Wikipedia's Web 231

Ch. 9 Images, Templates, and Special Characters 261

Ch. 10 The Life Cycle of an Article 287

Pt. III Community

Ch. 11 Becoming a Wikipedian 301

Ch. 12 Community and Communication 331

Ch. 13 Policy and Your Input 363

Ch. 14 Disputes, Blocks, and Bans 383

Pt. IV Other Projects

Ch. 15 200 Languages and Counting 407

Ch. 16 Wikimedia Commons and Other Sister Projects 419

Ch. 17 The Foundation and Project Coordination 447

App. A Reusing Wikimedia Content 459

App. B Wikipedia for Teachers 463

App. C Edit Summaries Jargon 467

App. D Glossary 471

App. E History (List of Wikipedia Pages Referenced in This Work) 477

GNU Free Documentation License 491

Index 499

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