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How Wikipedia works : And how you can be a part of it.

Author: Phoebe Ayers; Charles Matthews; Ben Yates
Publisher: San Francisco : No Starch Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Phoebe Ayers; Charles Matthews; Ben Yates
ISBN: 9781593271763 159327176X
OCLC Number: 475077250
Description: 507 s
Contents: Introduction --
Part I: Content --
What's in Wikipedia? --
The world gets a free encyclopedia --
Finding Wikipedia's content --
Understanding and evaluating an article --
Part II: Editing --
Basic editing --
Good writing and research --
Cleanup, projects, and processes --
Make and mend Wikipedia's web --
image, templates, and special characters --
The life cycle of an article --
Part III: Community --
Becoming a Wikipedian --
Community and communication --
Policy and your input --
Dispute, blocks, and bans --
Part IV: Other projects --
200 languages and counting --
Wikimedia commons and other sister projects --
The foundation and project coordination --
Appendix A: Reusing Wikipedia content --
Appendix B: Wikipedia for teachers --
Appendix C: Edit summaries jargon --
Appendix D: Glossary --
Appendix E: History (list of Wikipedia pages referenced in this work) --
GNU free documentation license.

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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? In "How 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 Works" explains 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?"

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