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Wikipedia: Who Creates Wikipedia?

Find out more about Wikipedia and its strengths and weaknesses as a research tool.

Who Can Contribute?

Anyone with web access can edit and create articles on Wikipedia. This open-editing environment has inspired thousands of people of diverse backgrounds to contribute to the site. Editors collaborate with each other to create civil, neutral articles.

How to Edit

Wikipedia uses a simple, intuitive layout to keep the focus on the information, not the design.

The page layout has the following tabs at the top of the window:

  • Article: Shows the Wikipedia article.
  • Discussion: Shows user's discussion about the article.
  • Edit: Where the user can actually edit the article.
  • View History: Shows who has changed the article and what changes were made.
  • Star: Causes changes in the article to be added to the watchlist.

Content Criteria

Guidelines and policies for content: