Congrats on taking your first step to learning how to edit Wikipedia! The information you need to get started is included in the Wikipedia Editing Startup Guide, linked below. Here you’ll find the basic principles, values, and practical skills you’ll use to successfully contribute to the world’s biggest encyclopedia.
A great way to get involved is to make changes other users on Wikipedia have compiled or highlighted.
If you decide to create an account on Wikipedia, you will have access to a "sandbox." Your sandbox is a space designed to let you "test and experiment with wiki syntax" (See About the Sandbox). You can access your sandbox using the link at the top right of the Wikipedia homepage once you've logged in.
Remember, while your sandbox is not searchable, it is also not private. If other people know your username, they can access your sandbox. Do not include any personal information that you would not want the world to see.
Still not sure that you want to create an account? Feel free to play around in the RIT Libraries sandbox for this event using the Infobox and Citation templates included on this guide (no login required!).
Check out the RIT Libraries Wikipedia Sandbox
While you do not need to create an account to edit Wikipedia, having an account allows you to track your contributions, "watch" articles of interest, and take ownership of your work.
If you prefer not to have an account, your IP address will be automatically recorded for edits.