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

September 15, 2008|
How Wikipedia Works: And How You Can Be a Part of It by Phoebe Ayers
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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. Where do you begin?

InHow 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 Worksexplains 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?"

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.
Title:How Wikipedia Works: And How You Can Be a Part of It
Product dimensions:536 pages, 9.25 X 7 X 1.4 in
Shipping dimensions:536 pages, 9.25 X 7 X 1.4 in
Published:September 15, 2008
Publisher:No Starch Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781593271763

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