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[[Wikipedia]] is a free [[encyclopedia]] that is being written collaboratively by people from around the world. The following articles contain guidance and information about reading, authoring, and participating in the Wikipedia community.
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You can find general help on most topics by going to  [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Tutorial  Wikipedia Tutorial.]
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Here are some things that are in the tutorial that we found  particularly useful.
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*[http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Help Editing: Help]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:External_links#External_links_section External Links]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Manual_of_Style_%28links%29#Internal_links Internal Links]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Picture_tutorial How to Use images]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:How_to_use_tables How to use tables]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:TeX_markup Special characters, mathematics]
  
For help also applicable to our [[Wikipedia:Sister projects|Sister projects]], see '''[[m:Help:Contents|the MediaWiki User's Guide]]'''.
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See also the CAUSE Webinar [http://www.causeweb.org/webinar/teaching/2010-04/ Using (and contributing to!) the Chance News Wiki] by Jeanne Albert and Bill Peterson.  There are step-by-step screen shots of an actual editing session
 
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beginning on page 12 of the slides, which you can download  in [http://www.causeweb.org/webinar/teaching/2010-04/2010-04.pdf PDF] or
== How do I do that? ==
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[http://www.causeweb.org/webinar/teaching/2010-04/2010-04.ppt PowerPoint].
''See also: [[Wikipedia:HOWTOs|Wikipedia's How to]] for a full list.''
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=== Using Wikipedia ===
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* How to [[Wikipedia:explore|explore Wikipedia]]
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* How to [[Wikipedia:download|download Wikipedia content]]
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* How to [[Wikipedia:Searching|search for an article]]
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* How to [[Wikipedia:Talk page|use talk pages]]
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* How to [[Wikipedia:Recent Changes|use the ''Recent Changes'' page]]
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* How to [[Wikipedia:Related Changes|use the ''Related Changes'' page]]
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* How to [[Wikipedia:Go button|use the ''Go'' button]]
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* How to [[Wikipedia:How to log in|log in]]
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* How to [[meta:MediaWiki User's Guide: Setting preferences|set preferences (Meta-Wikimedia version)]]
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* How to [[Wikipedia:Contact us|contact us]]
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* How to [[Wikipedia:Researching with Wikipedia|conduct research using Wikipedia]]
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=== Modifying a Wikipedia page===
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* [[Wikipedia:tutorial|Tutorial]]
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* How to [[Wikipedia:How to edit a page|edit a page]], including markup details. You can experiment with editing pages in the [[wikipedia:Sandbox|sandbox]].
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* How to [[Help:Starting a new page|start a new page]]
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* How to [[Wikipedia:Categorization|use categories]]
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* How to [[Wikipedia:Picture tutorial|use images]] (and the [[Wikipedia:Image use policy|image use policy]])
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* How to [[Wikipedia:redirect|use redirect pages]]
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* How to [[Wikipedia:How to use tables|use tables]]
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* How to [[Help:Template|use templates]] (and the available [[Wikipedia:Template messages|templates]])
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* How to [[Special:Upload|upload files]] to Wikipedia
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* How to [[Wikipedia:Boilerplate text|add boilerplate text]]
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* How to [[Wikipedia:Disambiguation|create pages for topics with several different definitions]]
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* How to [[Wikipedia:How to rename (move) a page|rename (move) a page]]
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* How to [[Wikipedia:Deletion policy|delete pages/images/categories]]
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* How to [[Wikipedia:Interlanguage links|link together Wikipedia articles in different languages]]
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* How to [[Wikipedia:How to link to sister projects|link to sister projects]]
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* How to [[Wikipedia:How to revert a page to an earlier version|revert a page]] to an earlier version
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* How to [[Wikipedia:How to edit an article so long that you can't edit|edit an article so long that you can't edit]]
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* How to [[Wikipedia:Text editor support|edit with an external editor]]
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* How to [[Wikipedia:TeX markup|edit mathematical formulas using TeX]]
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* How to [[Wikipedia:Graphics tutorials|produce graphics for pages]]
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* How to [[Wikipedia:Protection policy|protect/unprotect pages]] ([[Wikipedia:Administrators|sysops]] only)
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== Information and resources for contributors ==
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* [[Wikipedia:FAQ|Frequently-asked questions]]
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* [[Wikipedia:Policies and guidelines|Policies and guidelines for contributors]]
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* [[Wikipedia:Glossary|Glossary of common Wikipedia terms]]
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* [[Wikipedia:Style and How-to Directory|Style and How-to Directory]]
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* [[Wikipedia:How to write a great article|How to write a great article]]
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* [[Wikipedia:Public domain resources|Public domain resources]]
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* [[Wikipedia:Manual of Style|Manual of style]]
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* [[Wikipedia:Contributing to articles outside your native language|Contributing to articles outside your native language]]
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* [[Wikipedia:WikiProject|WikiProjects]], writing and style guidelines for specific disciplines.
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* [[Wikipedia:Topical index|Topical index]], a collection of links to pages that are useful to "doing things" in Wikipedia.
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== Getting in touch ==
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* [[Wikipedia:Contact us|Contact us]]
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* [[Wikipedia:General complaints|General Complaints]] for things in general (that is, a problem on more than one page) that could be fixed or made better.
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* [[Wikipedia:Help desk|Help desk]] for newcomers with questions about Wikipedia or editing.
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* [[Wikipedia:Village pump|Village pump]], a discussion forum to ask questions not answered here or in the [[Wikipedia:FAQ|FAQs]].
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* [[Wikipedia:Reference desk|Reference desk]], request an article or information. See also [[Requested articles]].
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* [[Wikipedia:Mailing lists|Wikipedia mailing lists]]
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* [[Wikipedia:IRC channels|Chat with other users on IRC]]
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* [[Wikipedia:Bug reports|Bug reports and feature requests]]
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* [[Wikipedia:Wikipedians|Wikipedians]]
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* [[meta:Main Page|Meta Wikipedia]], a site that works alongside the main Wikipedia project. Here you can post essays and discussions about topics related to Wikipedia.
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* [[Wikipedia:Contingency Page For When The Main Wikipedia Server Is Down|Contingency page for when the main Wikipedia server is down]]
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Latest revision as of 22:46, 18 May 2011

You can find general help on most topics by going to Wikipedia Tutorial. Here are some things that are in the tutorial that we found particularly useful.


See also the CAUSE Webinar Using (and contributing to!) the Chance News Wiki by Jeanne Albert and Bill Peterson. There are step-by-step screen shots of an actual editing session beginning on page 12 of the slides, which you can download in PDF or PowerPoint.

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