We'll explain some of the DOs and DON'Ts, then show you how to create an article. You will probably want to use the
Article Wizard because it will walk you through the main steps and help you avoid doing something wrong.
- If the article is not acceptable, it will be
deleted quickly. All new articles are patrolled shortly after creation by
new page patrolers.
Here are some tips that can help you:
registering an account first—you need only choose a username and password. If you don't want to register for an account, you can create an article with the
Article wizard, but you may not get notifications from other users who might want to talk to you about your draft.
- Wikipedia covers certain kinds of subjects and not others. Our articles must be
"worthy of notice"; this avoids filling Wikipedia with pages that are not really meant for an encyclopedia. If the topic is suitable for an encyclopedia, go ahead; if you're unsure, or the article is about yourself or something you are closely connected to, you can ask questions at the Wikipedia
Search Wikipedia first in case an article already exists on the subject, perhaps under a different title. If the article already exists, feel free to make any constructive edits to improve it.
- Practice first. Before starting, try editing existing articles to get a feel for writing and for using Wikipedia's mark-up language—we recommend that you first take a tour through the
Wikipedia tutorial or review
contributing to Wikipedia to learn editing basics.
- Gather references both to use as source(s) of the information you will include and to demonstrate the
notability of your article's subject matter. Wikipedia requires the use of
reliable published sources. Sources, particularly internet sources, should also be stable, meaning they should be high enough quality that they will continue to exist for future generations. There are many places to find reliable sources, including your local library, but if internet-based sources are to be used, start with books and news archive searches rather than a simple web search. Extra care should be taken to make sure that articles on
living persons have reliable sources – articles about living people without reliable sources may be deleted, especially if they include negative or controversial content. References to blogs, personal websites,
YouTube are unsuitable and material obtained from them may be challenged and removed.
- Consider requesting feedback. You can request feedback on articles you would like to create in a number of places, including the
talk page of a related
WikiProject or the
- Create the article first in Draft or User space unless you are very sure that you can create an acceptable article on your first attempt. Since 2013,
Draft space has been a safe place to create articles that you want to work up towards being accepted into the encyclopedia. 'Live' articles are required to meet a number of Wikipedia rules from the start, or they risk being deleted; but in Draft space, unless you do something seriously bad (like a copyright violation, or a personal attack on somebody) nobody is likely to touch your draft unless you ask them to. Before Draft space was created, it was customary to create drafts in
user space, and this is still available as an alternative to Draft space: if you are a registered user, you can start the new article in your User space, on a
subpage. Either way you can get it in shape, take your time, ask other editors to help work on it, and only consider moving it into the
"live" part of Wikipedia once it is ready to go. One way of making this happen is to request a review: this may take a week or two, depending on the backlog; but when a reviewer accepts it, they will move the draft into the live space, and also sort out any issues there may be with similarly named articles that already exist. If they don't accept it, they will give you advice on how to get it up to standard. The
Article Wizard will help you create your article in Draft space, and will put some useful templates into your draft, including the button to pick when you are ready to submit it for review.