We’ve gone from side-eyeing people who cited Wikipedia as a source to going straight to the online encyclopedia to verify information. It is becoming a trusted resource even some of the entries are questionable. Wikipedia has taken great steps in improving the quality of its entries called articles to the point instituting lots of rules to insure credibility and reliability.
Here are a few things to know before creating a Wikipedia page:
- Your page must link to at least one other Wikipedia page. Strong pages are linked to at least several.
- Reliable sources and citations are the footnotes on a Wikipedia page, and are important to having a page pass review for publication beyond the draft stage. Reliable sources are: news · newspapers · books · scholar · HighBeam · JSTOR · free images · free news sources · The Wikipedia Library · NYT · WP reference.
- Wikipedia has a visual editor that is useful for people who have no patience for html coding. Write out your entry in a Word document first, and then paste it into the visual editor. (Adding links to other Wikipedia pages and citations to external sources comes after this step.)
- You must create an account to add an entry that is eligible for review and to become an article.
- Take time to study all of their rules and watch tutorials before embarking on the creation of a page. Or you can hire someone to do it.
Wikipedia wants you to verify everything written on your page, which should be written in neutral language and not in first-person.
There’s one last thing: Once your page is approved to become an article, it is open to editing (adding additional facts and information) by anyone.
Have you ever wanted a Wikipedia page? Do you have one? If so, share the link to your page in the comments.