Help: How to write an excellent article


May 28, 2022

For everyone This information applies to both the visual editor and the wikikod editor (What's the difference?) This page provides tips, recommendations and guidelines for the quality of an article that could eventually be nominated for a medal or Good Articles.

Please select a topic

When reading the How To Write a New Article guide, pay special attention to step one. After selecting the topic of the article, read the content of articles related to your article. In particular, check if there is a similar topic among the existing Articles for a medal and Good Articles that could provide a role model. Also check if an appropriate editing standard has been developed for a given topic. If so - use it.

Make sure you have the right sources of information

When creating an article, it is always advisable to rely on the widest possible set of sources that allow for certain data verification and a broader, comprehensive approach to the topic. In case of doubts and problems with verifying the information on your own, it is worth asking for help from a wikipedist with the relevant literature on the subject (see Wikipedia: Library) or presenting the problem in a thematically appropriate Wikipedia project.

Neutrality and style

The content of the article

From an article for a medal, it is expected that it should exhaust the issue discussed. By "exhaustion" is meant a situation when the article contains as many as possible known and encyclopedically important facts, opinions and positions on the topic. In the case of a candidate for a "good article", it is expected that at least he does not omit facts and opinions that are relevant to the topic. It is also important that the bibliography of the article includes and is appropriately used in its content, more important sources. However, you should not expect the article to contain information that seems important to someone, but no one can indicate a good source for supplementing it. The exhaustion of a topic is the gathering of all relevant information that is available from reliable, publicly available sources. Naturally, articles that exhaust the topic can be long, but it is not the length of the article itself that should determine the award of a medal. The article should not be overloaded with irrelevant, secondary facts, in which it will be difficult for the reader to find the really important ones. The selection of the described facts in an encyclopedia requires a reasonable selection in such a way that the reader receives a reliable, interesting and well-researched overview of the topic. The article must be factually correct - do not contain false information, inconsistent with the cited sources of opinion or factual and logical errors.

Perfect article layout

Introductory Paragraph - Definition and Summary

An article with extensive content should begin with an introductory paragraph (the so-called lead), containing a concise definition of the topic and a summary of the most important information from the entire article. The introduction should contain information that is as comprehensive as possible, albeit short, and as far as possible without the use of specialized jargon. The language used in the first paragraph should be understandable to a person with general secondary education knowledge. Thanks to the summary, the reader who only wants to get acquainted with a given topic will not have to read the entire text. The length of this paragraph is usually correlated with the length of the entire article - an introduction to more extensive articles may contain even a dozen or so sentences. It is recommended that you start your article with a bold title (if that is not possible, the title of the article with bold text