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PAAS 302/501 Literary and Cultural Theory in Pacific and Asian Languages

This course guide includes useful library sources, guides, and the tutorials on Wikipedia editing to support the students' learning in PAAS302/501.

How to create Wikipedia account

One of the first things you have to do before editing Wikipedia is to create an account.  Although it is not absolutely necessary to edit, by creating an account you can establish your credentials as an editor and eventually earn an autoconfirmed user status. One becomes an auto confirmed user after having an account for a certain number of days and completing a certain number of edits. Autoconfirmed users can "create articlesmove pages, edit semi-protected pages, and upload files or upload a new version of an existing file." [1


Once you're created your Wiki account and logged in, you can find a sandbox area, that is accessible through a link in the upper right hand corner of the page.

In the sandbox you can practice editing and draft changes. Make use of the Sandbox as a new user and then copy your changes into live entries. You can link people to your Sandbox, but it will not be searchable on Wikipedia.

There are 2 ways to practice editing in the sandbox:

Learn more about sandbox editing in the section Editing Basics.


Watchlist allows you to monitor changes in articles you are interested in and to keep up with discussions. In order to add an article to your watchlist make sure that you are logged in to your Wikipedia account, find an article that you are interested in, and just press a star mark on the upper part of the Wikipedia page. 


Talk page

Talk pages are another useful function of Wikipedia. Every Wikipedia article has its own talk page. On talk pages people discuss how to make content on Wikipedia the best that it can be. You can start new discussions to connect and collaborate with other editors. What you say on talk pages will be public for others to see.

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