It is important to have a strategy when you begin your search for information. Start with the general and later close in on the specific. This will help you to understand what you are reading.
- Consult the Editing Wikipedia Brochure and take the online training modules.
- Find a topic in Wikipedia that is incomplete, is a stub article, needs more work, or could use more in-depth coverage and citation.
What types of sources are good to consult and cite for writing a Wikipedia article?
- Books, electronic books, and encyclopedias can bring you up to speed on concepts and help you understand the bigger picture about a topic.
- Review articles published in specialty review journals have excellent up-to-date articles on current topics. You can browse some of the top ones on the "Finding biotechnology news" tab of this guide.
- Review articles published in other scientific journals are another excellent source of learning the current state of knowledge on a topic. Find these using a database such as PubMed or Web of Science.
Important! If you cannot find several (at least 3-5) good and current sources on a topic, you will likely not have enough to write an article that is original. Using only one or two sources generally leads to plagiarism.