How to Create a Wikipedia Article

How to Create a Wikipedia ArticleHave you ever wanted to create a Wikipedia Article?  I have, and discovered it to be a lot harder than I expected! If you’d like to give it a try, use these steps, then, if you’re successful in getting published, please share a URL to your article in the comments section.

  1. First, determine if the subject has already been covered.
  2. Next, ask yourself it if is suitable for a Wikipedia Article (ie, does it belong in an encyclopedia?) If you’re not sure, you can get advice here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:N/N
  3. Could you be considered to have a Conflict of Interest?  This would be defined as you having more interest in promoting the subject of your article than in promoting the aims of Wikipedia, which is to produce a neutral, reliably sourced encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:COI .  Where there is any doubt, make sure to disclose your connection to the subject on your user page and in the talk section related to your article (ie, I’m Alisa Meredith and I work in Company X’s public affairs office [8]. I’m here to contribute information that will improve the quality of Company X-related pages). If you do write an article on an area in which you are personally involved, be sure to write in a neutral tone and cite reliable, third-party, independent published sources, and beware of unintentional bias.
  4. Create a Wikipedia account with username and password.
  5. Gather references both to use as source(s) of the information you will include and also to demonstrate notability of your article’s subject matter. Facebook links and blogs created by the subject do not count!  They may be included, but are not sufficiently reliable to stand alone.  Look for completely unrelated sources, showing preference to sites with a .org or .gov domain. Learn how to format your sources here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citing_sources
  6. Consider creating the article first in your user space. As a registered user, you have your own user space. You can start the new article there, on a subpage; you can get it in shape, take your time, ask other editors to help work on it, and only move it into the “live” Wikipedia once it is ready to go. To create your own subpage, see here. When the new article is ready for “prime time”, you can move it into the main area. (Notes. The Article Wizard has an option to create these kinds of draft pages. Even in user space, unacceptable articles (see below) are liable to be nominated for deletion.)
  7. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Article_wizard
  8. Formatting CitationsTo create a footnote, use the <ref>...</ref>syntax at the appropriate place in the article text, for example:
    • Justice is a human invention.<ref>Rawls, John. ''A Theory of Justice''. Harvard University Press, 1971, p. 1.</ref> It...

    which will be displayed as something like:

    • Justice is a human invention.[1] It…
  9. Start with an introductory paragraph.
  10. While typing, BOLD the title of your article.
  11. If a phrase has a Wikipedia page, click the link button to link to it.
  12. To add your source citations, add a new section by typing “==sectionname==” (example: References would be ==References==).  Below that, add {{Reflist}} or <references/>.<ref>Name of author, [http://www.nytimes.com/article_name.html "Title of article"], ”The New York Times”, date</ref>
  13. Add an External Links section for linking to websites with significant and reliable additional information on the article’s topic. Only a relatively few, very relevant external links are appropriate for this section. acceptable links include those that contain further research that is accurate and on-topic, information that could not be added to the article for reasons such as copyright or amount of detail, or other meaningful, relevant content that is not suitable for inclusion in an article for reasons unrelated to its accuracy. Unacceptable links include links to websites of businesses mentioned in the article, blogs and social networking sites.
  14. When  you have all your information in order, use the Wizard to create your article.

Read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Your_first_article.

About the Author Alisa Meredith (256 Posts)

As co-owner and chief inbound marketing consultant at Scalable Social Media, Alisa Meredith spends a lot of time keeping up with online marketing trends for the benefit of our customers. Computers have been a passion of hers since her first T1-99, so inbound and social media marketing is a natural fit.


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