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Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Wikipedia Editing

If you have time:

  • If you have 1 hour or less, watch training videos to learn more about editing Wikipedia.
  • If you have 90 minutes, watch training videos and add some citations to an article in your area of expertise.
  • If you have 2 hours, watch training videos and add a well cited paragraph to an article in your area of expertise.
  • If you have 2-4 hours, consider creating a new article. Be sure to gather your reliable sources and check in with an experienced Wikipedian to ensure that your article meets Wikipedia’s notability guidelines. We recommend that you start the article in your sandbox page.

Ways to Contribute:

  • Find and add a citation to an existing page
  • Create hyperlinks to other articles
  • Create an Infobox
  • Add images and videos
  • Translate
  • Fix formatting or structural issues within an article
  • Contribute to a talk page
  • Correct out of date or offensive language on a page
  • Create a new article for an underrepresented artist who isn't on Wikipedia yet
  • Suggest an artist to add to next year's A+F event list
The activities below were adapted from the Honouring Indigenous Literatures Wikipedia Weekly Activities.


Find and add a citation to an existing artist page:

  • Find an artist whose article has citation issues on the A+F artist list
  • Read through the article to find facts or statements that need a citation.
  • Do some research to find an appropriate source for that statement.
  • Edit the page and find the end of the sentence where the citation issues applies.
  • In the editing bar, click the icon for “Cite”
  • Paste a link for automatic citation, or enter the citation information in manually.
  • Generate the citation, then Insert.
  • Publish Changes

Add an internal link to another Wikipedia article:

  • In general, links should be created for:
    • Relevant connections to the subject of another article that will help readers understand the article more fully (people, events, and topics)
    • Articles with relevant information
    • Articles explaining technical terms, jargon or slang expressions/phrases
    • Proper names unfamiliar to readers
  • Choose an article on an artist that can be connected to other Wikipedia articles.
  • Highlight the word or phrase that you want to add a link for
  • Visual Editor: Click on the link icon in the toolbar. It will lead you to a pop-up that will let you search for the article on Wikipedia. After you have chosen the right page, click Done.
  • Source Editor: Place double brackets– [[ ]] — around a word or phrase that you want to create a link for.
  • Publish changes

Add an infobox to an artist's article:

  • Find an infobox template that you can use for your article. We recommend the Artist Infobox Template: 
  • Paste this template at the top of the article, after any disambiguation links and maintenance tags.
  • Fill in any relevant elements. Any elements left blank will not display. Where the element contains a phrase starting with <!– and ending with –>, delete anything contained between these elements and replace with your information. Anything you don’t fill in won’t appear.
  • To highlight an artist’s tribal affiliation, include it in the nationality element, along with any other nationalities.
  • Publish your changes

Update harmful, offensive language or rhetoric:

  • Find an article that contains harmful, offensive language.
  • Go to edit the article
  • Re-write the sentences or words that need to be changed.
  • Click on “Publish changes”
  • Leave a note in the article’s Talk page and let other editors know why you made this change.

Expand a stub article:

  • Find an article on our list of articles that need to be expanded.
  • Read through the article to find areas that could be expanded.
  • Have a look at longer, more thorough artists’ articles to see examples of sections to add
  • Do some research to find information with appropriate sources.
  • Edit the page and write these new sections.
  • Publish Changes

Create an article:

  • Find an artist who needs an article written in our list of artists.
  • Click on their name, which will be linked in red.
  • Find and click on the option to “Start the <name> article”.
  • Do research to find information about that author that would be good to include in their article.
  • Have a look at non-stub artists to see examples of articles. Copy the artist biography template into your sandbox to work on the article before you publish it. 
  • Edit the page and write these new sections.
  • Publish Changes

Find an artist to add to our suggested articles page:

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