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|Item||Audience||Description||Download||Other languages||Video locations|
|Beginner||Welcome to Wikipedia is a reference guide to help you get started to contributing to Wikipedia. Using the guide, you will be able to create a Wikipedia user account, start editing, and communicate with other Wikipedia contributors. You will also learn how articles evolve on Wikipedia and how you can assess quality of an existing Wikipedia article. Welcome to Wikipedia consists 17 pages including a quick reference to help you to remember frequently used wiki markup commands.||PDF (12 MB)||
|Beginner||Illustrating Wikipedia: A guide to contributing content to Wikimedia Commons shows newcomers the basics of contributing to Wikimedia Commons and adding images to Wikipedia and other wikis.||PDF (3.8 MB)|
|All||User Name (Medium) - This video shows some of Wikipedia's contributors, explaining their user names.||49 s||Subtitles listed on description page - add yours|
|All||Nice People (Medium) - This video focuses on the motivations and passion of Wikipedians, and ends with a comment by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales about what makes the project special.||1 m 26 s||Subtitles listed on description page - add yours|
|All||Edit Button- This video is a direct invitation by Wikipedians to "click that  button and see what happens".||1 m 6 s||Subtitles listed on description page - add yours|
|All||Great Feeling - In this video, Wikipedians talk about the joy of being part of a global community of editors.||1 m 23 s||Subtitles listed on description page - add yours|
|Beginner||This one-page Wiki markup quick reference helps you to remember the most frequently used wiki markup commands.||PDF (127 kB)|
|Beginner||"Wiki markup quick reference" – an A4 guide to wiki markup||PDF (1.9 MB)|
|Beginners||Der Leitfaden für Wikipedianer und alle, die es werden wollen. Eine Einführung in Wikipedia, Schritt für Schritt.||Polish|
|Beginners||"Wikipedia Cheat Sheet" for beginners of Wikipedia: It includes markup commands and help pages (language: German).||English|
|All||Wikipedia ridotto - Wikimedia Italia presents Wikipedia for new contributors in Italian||6 m 53 s||Subtitles in Italian, English, Spanish, French so far. Script in Italian. Please help translate.|
|Beginner||Ten Simple Rules for Editing Wikipedia is an editorial published in PLoS Computational Biology that gives advice for scientists (also relevant to other scholars and experts) on how to effectively contribute to Wikipedia.|
|Beginner||Evaluating Wikipedia article quality is a reference guide with specific steps you can take to get the most out of Wikipedia, as well as a look at how its quality system works.||PDF; 2-page condensed version|
|Beginner||An introduction to the concept of free licenses|
|Beginner||Introduction to free licenses helps you understand the basic concepts of free licenses. It explains the idea of free licenses, as well as terms like "CC-by-SA" and "public domain".||Arabic|
|Anatomy of free licenses||All||Polish, extensive guide about the concept of free licenses. Includes brief descriptions of most popular variants.||PDF (printable)|
|Beginner||Portuguese introductory brochure|
|Beginner||Slide show overview of Wikipedia, oriented at universities concerned about their public image||OpenOffice ODP|
|Beginning educator||Lesson plans for classroom integration of Wikipedia and other projects. Four lesson plans target the language arts, one targets business classes and one targets arts. Lesson plans written to meet local curriculum goals. Low level knowledge of Wikipedia and related projects needed in order to use lesson plans.|
|Beginner||An introduction for sport administrators on why they should use wikis, with an emphasis on Wikimedia Foundation projects|
|Beginner||A handout for museum professionals that includes an overview of the GLAM-Wiki initiative, case stories on projects, and contact information for getting started.||PDF (838 KB)|
|Beginner||Introduction to Wikipedia||Prezi presentation|
|Beginner||Introduction to Odia Wikipedia (In Odia language)||Prezi presentation|
|Beginner||Introduction to Wikipedia to Hordaland fylkeskommune (GLAM)|
|Beginner||Introduction writing good articels to Hordaland fylkeskommune (GLAM)|
|Beginner||Introduction to free licenses to Hordaland fylkeskommune (GLAM)|
|Beginner||Introduction, and tutorials on starting new articles, editing, uploading images to Hordaland fylkeskommune (GLAM)|
Editing references, instructions and guides
|Beginner||This one-page handout explains the recommended way to get help and feedback for classes supported by Wikipedia Ambassadors: by posting on their course talk page and notifying their mentor. It also includes a glossary of additional help resources students might use.|
|Beginner||This handout covers the basics of writing a biography of a living person on English Wikipedia; it was prepared for the Australian Paralympic Committee, but has many points that apply to BLP's generally. Source text here: Editing Sport Biographies on Wikipedia. A quick version of this was created for biographies about journalists and can be found at File:WP - BLP - Journalists.pdf.|
|Citing sources handout||Intermediate||This handout explains why references are important, where to place them, and the basics of adding "ref" tags.|
|Plagiarism handout||Intermediate||This handout explains what plagiarism is on Wikipedia in addition to why and how to avoid it.|
|Intermediate||This handout walks through how to move an article draft from a userpage sandbox into Wikipedia|
|Beginner||This short handout explains why and how uploaded files (images) should be licensed.||SVG image|
|Beginner||This handout explains the basics of "ref" tags and the "name" parameter as well as "citation templates."|
|Intermediate||This handout explains the basics of uploading an image on the English Wikipedia.|
|Advanced||This handout walks through how to submit a new or newly expanded article to the Did You Know process so that it will appear on the Main Page.|
|Beginner||Visual explanation of the user contribution page||SVG|
|Beginner||Odia (Oriya Wikipedia FAQ, Display & Typing Help, 1.0 is created to provide support for Frequently asked questions on Odia Wikipedia, Display issues and their solution and Typing Support.|
|Beginner||Bookmark handouts with short URLs linking to the introduction, and tutorials on starting new articles, editing, uploading images, donating, and using the Reference Desks (4 letter size pages; 11 bookmarks per page.)|
|Beginner||Introduction to Wikimedia Commons and reference guide to uploading pictures.|
|Beginner||An introduction to Wikinews and how it works.||Downdload PDF||Other languages||No video|
|Beginner||A one page introduction to English Wikinews original reporting with a focus on sports.||Downdload PDF||Other languages||No video|
|Beginner||A one page introduction to conducting in person interviews when the interviewer speaks a different language than the interviewee.||Downdload PDF||Other languages||No video|
|Beginner||A one page introduction to getting photo essays published on English Wikinews.||Downdload PDF||Other languages||No video|
|Beginner||A screencast showing a review of a not ready article to introduce people to what reviews are looking for.||Download OGV||Other languages||File:Reviewing_an_English_Wikinews_article.oggtheora.ogv|
|Beginner||A screencast showing an article being written to introduce people to how to write articles.||Download OGV||Other languages||File:Writing a Wikinews article.oggtheora.ogv|
|Beginner||A screencast walk through of creating an article on English Wikinews with a Doctor Who related news story as an example.||Download OGV||Other languages||File:Writing a Wikinews article - Doctor Who.ogv|
|Beginner||A screencast showing another review of a not ready article to introduce people to what reviews are looking for. This one reviews an article about nuclear Japan.||Download OGV||Other languages||File:Reviewing an English Wikinews article about nuclear Japan.ogv|
|Beginner||A one page introduction to the workflow on English Wikinews.||Downdload PDF||Other languages||No video|
|Beginner||A one page handout on how to avoid plagiarism on English Wikinews.||Downdload PDF||Other languages||No video|
For intermediate learners
|Intermediate||This video explains two core principles of Wikipedia: Verifiability and Neutral point of view.||2 m 10 s|
|All||The State of Wikipedia - In this video, Jimmy Wales tells the history of Wikipedia and talks about the project's 10th anniversary||3 m 43 s||Transcript here|
|Beginner||Introduction to free licenses helps you understand the basic concepts of free licenses. It explains the idea of free licenses, as well as terms like "CC-by-SA" and "public domain".||PDF (1,3 MB)||Arabic – you can help|
|Anatomy of free licenses||All||Polish, extensive guide about the concept of free licenses. Includes brief descriptions of most popular variants.||PDF (printable)|
|Beginner||Evaluating Wikipedia article quality is a reference guide with specific steps you can take to get the most out of Wikipedia, as well as a look at how its quality system works.||PDF (547 KB)||Arabic – you can help|
|Intermediate||wikiArS initiative participation diagram. Triple supervision. The diagram shows in a time line the process of advise, supervision and guidance of the art or design student to produce graphics for Wikipedia and sister projects.||SVG (3,51 Mb)|
For advanced learners
|Web and social media experts at cultural institutions||Video for Wikipedia and the Open Web: A Guide to Best Practices for Cultural and Educational Institutions is a detailed guideline that seeks to mobilize cultural and educational institutions to contribute to Wikimedia and other open web projects. It includes detailed how-to instructions for contributing video to Wikimedia projects.||PDF (3.3 MB)||
|Advanced Wikimedians/Wikipedians seeking to create instructional videos for new contributors||Screencasting - This video advocates for using screencasting as a tool for instructing new content contributors on our projects. Other videos, on this WikiProject page, go into more detail about how to produce a screencast with free or inexpensive software.||5 m 15 s||Script|
|Scientists||Wikimedia as a public engagement tool for scientists||text||* |
|Professionals in the arts and humanities||Wikimedia as a public engagement tool for the arts and humanities||text||* |
|Wikipedia: The Missing Manual||All||Wikipedia: The Missing Manual is a 2008 book by Wikipedian John Broughton. It is a how-to guide that explains the process of contributing to the Internet encyclopedia Wikipedia. It was released in O'Reilly Media's Missing Manual series. In 2009, it was released under a free license.||Editable version|
|How Wikipedia Works||All||How Wikipedia Works is a 2008 book by Phoebe Ayers, Charles Matthews, and Ben Yates. It is a how-to reference for using and contributing to the Wikipedia encyclopedia, targeted at "students, professors, and everyday experts and fans". It offers specific sections for teachers, reusers, and researchers.||Full version on Google Books (first page)|
|Swedish speakers||Så fungerar Wikipedia is a book in Swedish by Wikipedian Lennart Guldbrandsson, that was released in 2008, and then put under a free license in 2010.|
|Portuguese speakers||As organizações no ciberespaço is a masters degree thesis. The aim of this work is to analyze the structure and maintance of a non-financial virtual comunity - portuguese language Wikipedia - in relation to the structure's organization already existed. Based on the theoretical direction on one of those most influenced strengths over the society, the work follows a qualitative way, using the method of case study research, being helped by the observation, interviews and questionaries as collection tool that were applaied on the members and supporters of the organization founded on qualitative sample. The results obtained indicate some evidence of pre-concepted theories and their new dimension on the ciberspace context.||Wikisource version||No translations yet.|
|Macedonian civic organizations||en Прирачник за wiki is a book by Wikipedians Kiril Simeonovski, Zoran Meckarski, Slobodan Jacoski and Dimce Grozdanoski. It is an Instruction manual wirtten in Macedonian. The aim of this work is to help Macedonian civic organizations to start their own wiki site, wiki administration, editing its content, and building the site policy.
mk Прирачник за wiki е книга на википедијанците Кирил Симеоновски, Зоран Мечкарски, Слободан Јаќоски и Димче Грозданоски. Прирачникот е напишан на македонски јазик. Намената на прирачниот е да биде од помош на македонските здруженија на граѓани во поставувањето на сопствен вики сајт, негова администрација, ажурирање на содржините и градење на политики за управување со викито.
|Macedonian civic organizations||en Doracak për wiki is a book by Wikipedians Kiril Simeonovski, Zoran Meckarski, Slobodan Jacoski and Dimce Grozdanoski. It is an Albanian translation of "Прирачник за wiki" in Macedonian. The aim of this work is to help Macedonian civic organizations to start their own wiki site, wiki administration, editing its content, and building the site policy.
mk Doracak për wiki е книга напишана од википедијанците Кирил Симеоновски, Зоран Мечкараски, Слободан Јаќоски и Димче Грозданоски. Овој прирачник е превод на албански на македонското издание на прирачникот. Намената на овој прирачник е да биде од помош на македонските граѓански организации при започнувањето на нивни сопствени вики сајтови, нивна администрација, уредување, и градење на политики за управување со содржините на викито.
|Ukrainian speakers||en How to Edit Wikipedia. Guide for beginners is a book by Wikipedians Sergii Petrov (compiler) and Yevhen Buket (editor). Beginners, who start to edit Wikipedia, face some problems, because they don’t know the mechanisms of the encyclopedia. The aim of this book is to help beginners to edit Wikipedia. It explains the operation of Wikipedia, gives the basic rules and tips, and highlights the Wikipedia’s wiki-markup.
The book was published by “Wikimedia Ukraine”Community Association with the assistance of Bohdan Hawrylyshyn Foundation.
uk Як редагувати Вікіпедію. Довідник для новачків – книга вікіпедистів Сергія Петрова (упорядник) та Євгена Букета (редактор). Користувачі-новачки, які починають редагувати Вікіпедію, стикаються з деякими проблемами через незнання механізмів функціонування цієї енциклопедії. Для допомоги початківцям у редагуванні Вікіпедії було створено цей довідник. У ньому розкриваються принципи функціонування Вікіпедії, подаються основні правила та поради, а також основні моменти вікі-розмітки Вікіпедії. Видання здійснено громадською організацією «Вікімедіа Україна» за сприяння Фонду Богдана Гаврилишина.
45 minute presentation & Q/A session on editing Wikipedia, focusing on the Communicate OER project.
- Wikipedia:Tutorial - General introduction to Wikipedia
- Wikipedia:Article wizard - Walkthrough of the requirements for articles, including notability and sources
- Wikipedia:Picture tutorial - Explains how to insert pictures into Wikipedia articles using wikitext
- Wikipedia:Graphics tutorials (advanced) - advice about advanced image editing
- Outline for an event at a children's museum, by Wikipedian in Residence Lori Phillips
- List of articles edited by Public Policy Initiative participants <-- Dead link -- is this really gone? -Pete (talk) 02:44, 15 September 2011 (UTC)
- Public Policy Initiative Student-O-Meter
Guidelines and best practices
- Online Ambassador guidelines
- Assignments advice - Best practices and advice for the different aspects of running a Wikipedia assignment
- Guide to IRC for ambassadors
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