Help:Getting started

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Welcome to Wikipedia!

A short video about the satisfaction editors get from contributing.

As a new contributor, you may feel a little overwhelmed by the sheer size and scope of this project. Don't worry too much if you don't understand everything at first. Listed below are some brief introductions containing all the basics you need to use, comment on, and contribute to Wikipedia. For a more comprehensive article on how and where you can help see contributing to Wikipedia. Don't be afraid to edit, as you are encouraged to be bold! Wikipedia uses two methods of editing: the new VisualEditor (VE), and classic editing through wiki markup (wikitext). If you do get stuck, there are volunteers available to answer your questions, see asking for help for more information. The community portal is a central location to find (and list) collaborations, tasks, and news about Wikipedia.


Longer tutorials


Introductions to Wiki Markup

  • Introduction to editing: a five part guide to editing. Editing pages. Formatting. Links and Wikilinks. Saving your changes. Summary.
  • Introduction to referencing: a five part introduction to referencing. Verifiability. Inline citations. RefToolbar. Reliable sources. Summary
  • Introduction to uploading images: a six part guide on uploading images. Introduction. Free content. Non-free content. Wikimedia Commons. Using an image. Summary.
  • Introduction to tables: a four part guide to putting tables in pages. Introduction to tables. Creating tables manually. Sortable tables. HTML and tables.
  • Introduction to talk pages: a five part guide to using talk pages. Talk pages. User talk pages. Layout. Examples. Summary.

Visual editor


These self-guided trainings help new users learn the basics of Wikipedia.

  • Training for newcomers: newcomers start here! A short five-page general training, on the basics of Wikipedia's rules and how to edit

Training for student assignments

  • Training for students: students start here! A four-part, 57-page, training intended for students doing assignments on Wikipedia, with more detailed introductions to core Wikipedia policies, editing basics, and more specific editing advice for students. Welcome (4 pages). The Core (14 pages). Editing (24 pages). Advanced and background (15 pages).
  • Training for educators: educators start here! A five-part, 97-page, training for professors and other educators who want to run Wikipedia assignments for class, with introductions to core Wikipedia policies, editing basics, and an overview of best practices for designing and implementing Wikipedia assignments.
  • Training for Wikipedia Ambassadors: Ambassadors start here! A four-part, 86-page, training for Wikipedia Campus and Online Ambassadors, with introductions to core policies and editing basics for those new to editing and an overview of best practices for Wikipedia assignments.

Other resources

Quick guides


Longer overviews

Other guides

Help resources and assistance

Find this page confusing? Just use this link to ask for help on your talk page; a volunteer will visit you there shortly!

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