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WGST 1100: Gender, Race, & Sexuality in Wikipedia

This guide will assist you in editing Wikipedia.

Choosing your subject / Notability

Every article on Wikipedia must prove notability—in other words, it’s up to you to demonstrate that your article belongs in the encyclopedia. To help your article pass the notability test, use a rule of three: Be sure to cite at least three reliable, published sources that are independent of your subject—i.e., no official websites or promotional material. If you can’t find at least three good sources, you may find it difficult to prove notability.

What is notability?

The Wikipedia Notability guideline for people states:

  1. The person is regarded as an important figure or is widely cited by peers or successors.
  2. The person is known for originating a significant new concept, theory or technique.
  3. The person has created, or played a major role in co-creating, a significant or well-known work, or collective body of work. In addition, such work must have been the subject of an independent book or feature-length film, or of multiple independent periodical articles or reviews.
  4. The person’s work (or works) either (a) has become a significant monument, (b) has been a substantial part of a significant exhibition, (c) has won significant critical attention, or (d) is represented within the permanent collections of several notable galleries or museums.


Finding Articles To Edit

Portals serve as enhanced "Main Pages" for specific subjects. Portals are meant primarily for readers, while encouraging them to become editors of Wikipedia by providing links to project space. Portals are created for encyclopedic topics only and not for article maintenance categories. -- Wikipedia: Portals Page

Stub Articles By Subject

stub is an article that, although providing some useful information, is too short to provide encyclopedic coverage of a subject, and that is capable of expansion. Non-article pages, such as disambiguation pages, lists, categories, templates, talk pages, and redirects, are not regarded as stubs. -- Wikipedia: Stubs Page