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Wikipedia: Editing Wikipedia

A Community Guide, adopted by the Brooklyn College OER Project

Editing in Wikipedia

This guide is intended for students and faculty editing Wikipedia articles as part of a classroom assignment. 

Step 1. Read the Five Pillars of Wikipedia (listed below and linked to Wikipedia page)

Step 2. Create an account in Wikipedia.

Step 3. Once you have a Wikipedia account, you can use the passcode assigned for the course page in the Wiki Education Dashboard tool to join the course. Your instructor will either share the link to the page that includes the passcode, or will share the passcode. You should be logged in with your Wikipedia account and a member of the course in the Wiki Education Dashboard tool when working on your assignment. All Wikipedia work for the class will be monitored in the Dashboard, including assigned training tutorials. Any work done while not logged in will not be counted. 

link to create an account in wikipedia

The Five Pillars of Wikipedia

anatomy of a page

editing a wikipedia article

Your sandbox is a place where you can experiment editing using Wiki markup, the visual editor, or both, before editing in the mainspace. Practice by adding content along with a citation. Your assignments will require that you reference the content you add to articles. You can copy the content that you add to an existing Wikipedia article, or you can "move" the content to create a new article if one does not exist for the topic.

Sandbox page