Wikipedia is constantly being updated in real-time by real people all over the world, making it a relevant source of free information to the public. Who can add or edit? Anyone. Wikipedia encourages “Find something that can be improved…and then fix it. Edit an article and help make Wikipedia the best source of information on the Internet!” Even the best articles may need more references or new insights.
Although a user account is not necessary, it is more beneficial. Logged-in users are able to create pages, edit, and upload media without their IP address being visible. Also, you must have a free account to have changes recognized within the Wikipedia community.
There are many ways to contribute to Wikipedia, and even ways (Get Your Wiki) to get others to help you out with new Wiki page creation. Below are five easy ways to improve content.
Fix common mistakes
Look for repeated words, bad punctuation, typos and misspellings. Rephrase material to improve grammar or context. Correct inaccuracies, ensuring the rest of the content remains intact.
Add relevant latitude and longitude to articles.
Help categorize people by year of birth or death. Categorize articles by month.
Articles should have at least one reference or source. Show information is verifiable by referencing reliable sources. Do a search online for sources and add citations. RefToolbar 2.0 is turned on by default which adds citing capability to the editing toolbar.
Review articles by new editors. Add your point of view to make the article more balanced and provide references to make it verifiable. Research and print resources to find references and cite them. If you think the content looks like it should be combined with another, make that suggestion. If it looks like it could be split into a sub-article, split it to make a new article. Wikipedia recommends, “If you think an article needs to be rewritten or changed substantially, go ahead and do so, but it is best to leave a comment about why you made the changes on the article’s talk page.”
Wikipedia recommends, “If you think an article needs to be rewritten or changed substantially, go ahead and do so, but it is best to leave a comment about why you made the changes on the article’s talk page.”
Before clicking the Save button, enter a line or two summarizing changes in the field below the edit box. Press the “Show preview” button to see how the edited page looks. If you’re satisfied with your edits, press the “Save page” button.
Ready to try? Experiment with editing by using the sandbox tool or start the Wikipedia Tutorial to learn more.