Help:Editing guide/How to start a page


May 29, 2022

Welcome to Wikipedia! This is a guide to start writing your first encyclopedic article. It will explain some things to do and some things not to do, and then it will show you how to create your first article. Here are some tips that can help you: Wikipedia covers some types of subject and ignores others, see Lusófona Wikipedia publication scope. If your chosen topic is suitable for an encyclopedia, go ahead; if you are not sure or if the article is about you or something that is related, you can ask here. You can create a new article freely after registering an account — you only need a username and password to open an account. Before you start, try editing some existing articles to get a general idea about writing encyclopedic articles and using wiki language. Also search Wikipedia first to see if there isn't an article on the subject already, perhaps under a different name. If the article already exists, make constructive edits to improve it. Look for references, both to use as sources for the information you will include and to demonstrate the notoriety of the subject covered. References to blogs, personal websites, or YouTube are not reliable sources. Extra care should be taken with articles about living people. All statements in the article must be referenced. Articles about living people without sources can be deleted. Consider asking for opinions. There are several places you can ask for feedback on articles you want to create, including a related Wikiproject's talk page or the FAQ page. Consider creating the article first in your userspace. As a registered user you have your own user space. You can start the new article there on a subpage. There you can work on the article calmly, ask other editors for opinions, and move to the main Wikipedia space when you're ready. To create your own subpage, see here. When the new article is "done" you can move it to the main space. Remember that if the article is not acceptable, it will be quickly deleted. Several Wikipedians check new pages regularly. Articles that do not meet the notability criteria and do not cite reliable sources are likely to be eliminated. Don't create pages about: yourself, your company, your band, your friends, or pages that advertise or purport to publicize something, or personal essays or other articles that you wouldn't find in an encyclopedia. Take care not to copy material from other locations.

Search by existing article

Wikipedia already has 1,092,408 articles. Before creating an article, it's a good idea to verify that it doesn't already exist, perhaps under a slightly different name. Search for the article, and look at the Naming Convention before creating your first article. If the article you're looking for exists, but you think it's likely to be searched for under another name or spelling, here's how to create a redirect for that name. If your search doesn't bring up your article, consider broadening your search to find articles that may include your article's subject. For example, if you want to write an article about a member of a band, you can search for the band and add information about that member as a section within that larger article.

Sources and references

Look for sources for the information in your article. To be included in Wikipedia the subject must be sufficiently notable and that notoriety must be verifiable through references to reliable sources. Trustworthy sources are sources that exercise editorial control. Print sources (and web versions of those sources) tend to be the most reliable, although many web-only sources are also reliable. Examples include (but