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Editing Wikipedia for Health Sciences

Resources for the Spring 2019 Wikipedia Editathon


Wikipedia is among the most accessed sites on the web, and users disproportionately use Wikipedia to seek out health information. The National Network of Libraries of Medicine encourages health professionals, students, and librarians to take part in Wikipedia's bi-annual editathons in order to enhance the quality of this widely accessed resource, and to edit Wikipedia throughout the year. 

Thank you for taking part in the Wikipedia's Spring 2019 Editathon, Elevating Health Equity

Learn to Edit

Wikipedia Training Modules: Training modules in the basics of editing Wikipedia, using sandboxes and mainspace, copyright and plagiarism, editing medical topics, and more. 

Articles in Need of Editing for Elevating Health Equity: Find articles in need of editing that are relevant to this Spring’s editathon theme, Elevating Health Equity.

WikiProject Medicine: The homebase for the editor community in medicine. Find discussions, popular articles, articles in need of editing, members’ user pagers, and more. This page also links to guidelines and policies, and suggested resources for citation.

Wikipedia: Manual of Style/Medicine-related articles: Style manual for creating and editing articles in health sciences; includes guidance on headings, audience, writing style, and citation. Following the style guide helps the longevity of your edits.

Recommended Sources

PubMed: More than 28 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. For Wikipedia editing, use limiter for Systematic Reviews. 

Genetics Home ReferenceYour Guide to Understanding Genetic Conditions. Search by keyword or look up health conditions,  or the changes associated with specific genes or chromosomes. 

National Institutes of Health: Institutes, Centers and Offices: Institutes and centers' websites offer topics pages and dictionaries relevant to area specialty. 

MedlinePlus: From the National Library of Medicine; navigate to Health Topics to find focused links and resources from NIH that are relevant to your area of interest.

HSL E-Resource Portal: Locate reference books and textbooks such as Netter's, Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary, and others electronically. It may be helpful to browse e-books by subject.