Wikipedia:Your first article

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October 28, 2021

Welcome to Wikipedia! This is a guide to a few things to know before creating your first encyclopedia article. We'll explain some of the rules of article writing, then we'll tell you how to write your article. Before creating your first article, there are a few tips that might help you: Try editing existing articles to familiarize yourself with writing and using the markup language used on Wikipedia, and try reading some of our better articles, both featured and good ones. Browse Wikipedia first to make sure there is no article on the subject, perhaps using another name. If you find that there are already articles on the subject, it is a good idea to switch the name you came up with to the existing article. Gather references to your sources of information. Articles that do not mention a trusted source may be removed. Don't create pages about yourself or your friends, pages that are advertisements, or personal essays. Watch out for the following: copy, controversial material, very short articles, and local place articles. Gather references to trusted sources. (Did we mention earlier?) Create a new page. List your source references. (We are very serious.)

Collecting references

Gather your article resources. To be eligible for inclusion in an encyclopedia, a subject must be sufficiently worthy and such eligibility must be ascertained through reliable reference sources. These sources must be reliable; that is, it must be a source using some form of editorial control. Print sources (and web-based versions of them) tend to be the most reliable sources, although many web-only sources are also reliable. Some examples include (but are not limited to): books published by major publishers, newspapers, magazines, academic journals that have been evaluated by experts, websites of any of the above-mentioned, and other websites that meet the same basic requirements as the source print based. Overall, sources that do not have editorial control are not entirely reliable. This includes (but is also not limited to): privately published books, self-published newsletters, blogs, web forums, Usenet discussions, BBSes, fan sites, and the like. In essence, if someone can write information without someone else checking the information, it may not be reliable. In short, if there are reliable sources with sufficient information to write about a subject, then the subject is worthy and those sources can confirm the information in the Wikipedia article. If you can't find reliable sources (such as newspapers, journals, or books) that can provide information for an article, the subject is not feasible or certain and will almost certainly be removed. So your first task is to find references. Once you have a reference for your article, you can learn how to place a reference into an article by reading Wikipedia:Provide sources. But don't worry too much about the right format. It would be great if you did that, but the main thing is to get article references even if they are not formatted properly.

Things to avoid

Articles about yourself, your friends, your site, your music group, teachers, words you created yourself, or stories you wrote If you are worthy of inclusion in an encyclopedia, let someone else write articles about you. Including your friends in the encyclopedia may seem like a pleasant surprise or an interesting joke, but articles like this

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