Here is how to start a Wikipedia page. You can also read our page about how to edit a Wikipedia page, for more advanced features generally, and tips on contributing to Wikipedia for general inspiration, guidance, and good advice.
There are two basic ways to start a Wikipedia page:
- As you're reading through already-existing Wikipedia articles, you'll see question marks that are clickable links. You can click on a "?" link that appears after an article title, and you'll arrive at a page that says "Describe the new page here." Just delete that text and replace it with the text of your article. When you're finished, click the "Save" button at the bottom of the page. (Use the "Preview" button if you want to see what the page will look like first.) -- Modifying arbitrary pages by adding/wikifying a new term and then adding a well-written entry linked from that page are a great way to continually add new topics to Wikipedia.
- If you want to create a brand-new topic, probably the first thing to do is to use the "search" form (see the bottom of this page, for example) and see whether someone has not already created some very similar page. If not, you can find some related topic (often a general category, like Philosophy or Biology), edit that page, and (in an appropriate place) add the title of the article you want to create between double brackets, [[like this]]. (When you're naming pages, you might bear in mind the suggestions in naming conventions and topic creation.) Then press the "save" button at the bottom of the page. On the page you just edited, you should see a clickable "?"; click on that and go to work on your new page! -- Creating brand-new topics is a great way to help Wikipedia increase its breadth (and depth).
Note! Bear in mind that Wikipedia is an open content encyclopedia. You are contributing to a free, publicly-usable database of information. This information is not proprietary. You should not have copied your article from any proprietary source, and of course if you want your own work to remain your own "intellectual property", then you should not contribute it to Wikipedia.
- If you like, you can enter just a line or two of text for an entry. It's a start. Full-blown articles are not required. Adding any (accurate, helpful) information to Wikipedia is welcome! Of course, if you can write more, that's all the better; some people do, as a matter of habit, usually write more than just a few lines when they start a new article.
- We strongly encourage you to add and adapt work you have created elsewhere, for other purposes, to Wikipedia. For examples of this, see Larrys Text and Ernest Hemingway. We also encourage that you add information found in public domain resources and other open content projects. But--again--we cannot allow using copyrighted material!
- How you word your articles will determine, to some extent, how likely it is other people will work on it. Examples:
- An article that leaves many intriguing-sounding links or leaves ellipses (...), etc., might invite other know-it-alls to fill in the blanks.
- Straightforward requests for information in an article can lead to good articles. For example, one might supply a rough description of a thing or place and then ask about its history; some people who know the answer will find it difficult to pass up the opportunity to teach.
- A strongly-worded initial version of a page will, probably, cause more revisions and reaction, and perhaps the end result will be well written. See political correctness revision history for a good example. This might not be such a good idea, though. An article on relativity that starts by proclaiming the existence of the ether will probably be revised and quite likely end up better than an article that states it is "some kinda theory Einstein made." But as a habit, this is probably a bad idea, because we would like our articles to be written from a neutral point of view.