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How to Create a Wikipedia Page

Updated on July 17, 2014

1. Research your topic

Follow this essential step first before you build a solid understanding of how to create a Wikipedia page in the other steps. Before you enter any article of your own, make sure that you have an appropriate topic that is well-sourced and unbiased. You aren’t writing in your diary or a penpal letter to your old elementary school chum who lives across the ocean. Your writing should be of good quality and cited like content that would appear in an encyclopedia. Wikipedia editors will reject articles that promote a business or are similar to travel guides, random tips, bits of advice, news items and penpal letters to your friend Toto in Africa. There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do about those rules, so make sure you do your research before writing anything.

2. Search RA

What is RA? “RA” stands for “requested articles” by other users. “WP” stands for “wiki” and “pedia” appropriately. If you go to the search box on their website and type in “WP:RA” (without the quotations), then it will bring up a number requested article topics. This is a good way to find a topic to write about because other people are looking for these kinds of articles specifically.

3. Avoid re-writing and double-check

Before you create a Wikipedia page, be sure that Wikipedia hasn’t already published an article that you are thinking or writing. In the site’s search engine, type in your subject to see if any similar topics appear in their database. If your topic comes up, then you’ll need to find another subject to write about that isn’t there already.

Even if the topic doesn’t appear in their search engine then there is always a chance Google may have it referenced in Wikipedia. Do the same search in Google for the subject. If the king of search doesn’t list it then it’s likely that the coast is clear and you can choose that topic.

4. Register your Wikipedia Account

This is optional, but now you can choose to become a registered user. It’s advantageous to register because it allows you to create a user profile which enables you to receive messages from other users, changes made to articles and you can get credit for your articles. It’s a no-brainer to register and it has many benefits. If for whatever reason you choose not to register, then try submitting an article proposal through Wikipedia’s Articles for Creation. Type “WP:AFT” in Wikipedia’s search box for more information on that.

Research and cite your material properly.
Research and cite your material properly. | Source

5. Cite it right

To create a Wikipedia page and have the article accepted, it is essential that you cite your sources properly. Reliable reference sources come from published books and newspapers. Getting them from blogs won’t work. For more information about citing sources, type “WP:CITE” in Wikipedia’s search box.

6. Use the Wikipedia Sandbox Editor

What does a sandbox have to do with writing Wikipedia articles? Everything. Sandbox is Wikipedia’s in site software that you use directly on their website to create and submit your articles. You could type your article up in Word or whichever word processor you prefer, but eventually you will have to paste it in Sandbox to submit it. So to get more comfortable, practice writing in Sandbox and get acquainted with using its tools. For more information about using the software, type “WP:SB” in the search box.

7. Enter and review your article

When you’re ready to put your content into Sandbox, do another search for your topic in Wikipedia’s search engine and click “go”. If the topic is still available to write about, and hopefully it is after all of your hard work researching, then your topic should appear below the search box as a link. Click the text link of your subject and you will be brought to the Sandbox editor where you can enter your article.

Once your editing and final touch ups are done to your article, click “show preview” at the bottom of Sandbox to see how your published article will appear in Wikipedia. When you are finally ready to publish, click “save page”.

Finish typing out your Wikipedia article and submit it for review.
Finish typing out your Wikipedia article and submit it for review.

8. Publish

After the editors are finished reviewing your article, they may request more sources from you if they think it’s necessary. If everything is okay with it then it will be available to the public for viewing. Remember to click “help” anywhere on the sidebar menu if you need more assistance when publishing articles. That’s all she wrote! Hopefully you can pass what you’ve learned here onto others so they know how to create a Wikipedia page for their own areas of expertise too.

For more detailed information about Wikipedia's Sandbox, read the following hub on How to Use the Wikipedia Sandbox Editor.

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    • YogaKat profile image

      YogaKat 3 years ago from Oahu Hawaii

      I use Wikipedia a lot . . . perhaps I can share my knowledge of a subject. I have contributed $ but as til now no knowledge.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This is very informative hub!

      I have not contributed at Wikipedia so far. But you made me aware of the correct procedure regarding creating a Wikipedia page. Though I keep on referring to the WP pages and find it helpful and informative.

      Thank you for sharing this informative article. Voted up!