First, please be aware that Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, and our mission is to share accepted knowledge to benefit people who want to learn. We are not social media, or a place to promote a company or product or person, or a place to advocate for or against anyone or anything. Please keep this in mind, always. (This is described in our "mission statement",
"What Wikipedia is not".)
We find "accepted knowledge" in high quality, published sources. By "high quality" we mean books by reputable publishers, high quality newspapers like The New York Times, or
literature reviews in the scientific literature. We summarize such sources here. That is all we do! Please make sure that anything you write in Wikipedia is based on such sources - not what is in your head.
Here are some tips that can help you with your first article:
registering an account first—you need only choose a username and password. (This will help you find things you create, and help other people find you)
- 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.
|Is it new?
Type, then click "Go (try title)"
- Nothing? OK, now you need to try to determine if the subject you want to write about is what we call
"notable" in Wikipedia. The question we ask is - does this topic belong in an encyclopedia?
- We generally judge this by asking if there are at least three high quality sources that a) have substantial discussion of the subject (not just a mention) and b) are written and published independently of the subject (so, a company's website or press releases are not OK). Everything here is based on high quality independent sources, and without them, we generally just cannot write an article. If you are not sure if the subject you want to write about is "notable", you can ask questions at the Wikipedia
- Please be mindful of
conflict of interest. If you have one, you will probably have a hard time writing a good enough Wikipedia article (this is not about you, it is just human nature). However if you insist on trying, you need to disclose your conflict of interest, and you need to try very hard to not allow your "external interest" to drive you to abuse Wikipedia. And you need to try hard to hear the feedback from independent people who review the draft, before it is published. Your conflict of interest might lead you to believe something is "notable" when it isn't, and to argue too hard for it to be published.
- 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.
- 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 click when you are ready to submit the draft for review.
These points are explained in further detail below.