What is Wikipedia?

Wikipedia is a free web-based encyclopaedia that is openly editable. It is one of the largest reference web sites, and attracts around 65 million visitors per month. Articles on Wikipedia are written collaboratively by an international group of volunteers but anyone with Internet access can write or edit articles.

How can I use Wikipedia to promote my book/article? Anyone is welcome to add information, cross-references, or citations, as long as they do so within Wikipedia’s editing policies and to an appropriate standard. Articles that are featured within Wikipedia will also appear in search engine search results. Open ‘selling’ of products on Wikipedia is forbidden but contributing to a subject page using references of content, theory and research from your books is entirely acceptable. Please note that any ‘substandard’ or ‘disputed’ information is subject to removal. All Terms of Use can be found on the main Wikipedia site.

Get started by creating an account at www.wikipedia.org There are various pages on the site to help you get started. At the bottom of each page there is a link to ‘About Wikipedia’, from there you can be directed through ways in which you can contribute.

Another online encyclopedia that allows contributors is: http://www.britannica.com/

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