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How to use Wikipedia. Jayne Paschall July 2 nd , 2008 English 393. Introduction. The internet has a vast amount of information that can be helpful, yet overwhelming. Web-based encyclopedias allow for quick references to infinite things, including: bands, authors, and popsicles.

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How to use wikipedia

How to use Wikipedia

Jayne Paschall

July 2nd, 2008

English 393


Introduction
Introduction

  • The internet has a vast amount of information that can be helpful, yet overwhelming. Web-based encyclopedias allow for quick references to infinite things, including: bands, authors, and popsicles.

  • This process is intended for UMBC students who are familiar with the internet. As it is an internet process, a computer with access to a server is a requirement and this process can be completed any time.


How to access the site
How to access the site

1. Once on the internet(double-click Internet Explorer icon) find the white space at the top of the screen

2. Type the web address, which is: www.wikipedia.org into the box

3. You will know if you are successful if the screen looks like this (see next slide)


How to research
How to research

  • English is the preferred language of use, so it has already been selected

  • Anything that you want to research can be typed into this field

Type “banana”

Then click


An article page
An Article Page

  • The page will look like this:

4. Now you can read all about bananas


Linking
Linking

  • There are many different processes that can happen while you are using Wikipedia, including the ability to link

  • After an article has been accessed (see previous process) locate a blue word in the text

  • Click on the word with your mouse

    *This action will redirect you to that specific word’s page


How to use wikipedia


Conclusion
Conclusion gathered

  • Wikipedia is a free site that can be updated by users from all over the world.

  • There is a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page available:

  • Scroll down to the bottom of the “umbrella” page

  • Click on the link

  • Click on the link in the article

    This should provide information about the site. If not, you can always type “Wikipedia” into the search field.


Safety
Safety gathered

  • The site does also allow users to link to outside sites. Do not give out personal information to these sites, as with any random site on the internet.