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Camden Local History Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon: What to Expect at an Edit-a-Thon

Rutgers-Camden Paul Robeson Library will host a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon for the Rutgers and Camden communities.

What to Expect

Edit-a-Thons are held over a 3-4 hour time period, but participants are welcome to drop in and out throughout the event. When you arrive at the event, you can join a team of editors working on an article or work solo, if you prefer. One of our experienced editors will show you how to get started choosing and editing an article, and we will be nearby to help as you go through the editing process. 

There will be a station set up with a selection of resources specific to the edit-a-thon topic. You can use these to add information to some of the suggested articles. 

There will also be a food and relaxation station for you to take breaks with others in between edits. 

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What to Bring

Consider bringing with you to the Edit-a-Thon:

  • a laptop and power cord (not required if you want to use a library computer),
  • a friend,
  • an open mind,
  • and an empty stomach. 

What We Provide

The Library will provide for you at the Edit-a-Thon:

  • Computers,
  • Suggested Wikipedia articles to edit,
  • Resources of information you can use to edit articles,
  • Instructions on editing an article,
  • Expert editors to assist and answer questions, 
  • and food and music to keep you going!

Getting Started

1. Create an account.

2. Choose an article to edit.

Parkside, Camden article stub from Wikipedia

3. Select a few relevant resources and pull out the information you want to add. (Check out the Resources Station at the event or browse the Resources page on this guide. Consult with a librarian or staff member at the event for help). 

4. Open the visual editor.

Wikipedia article with red arrow pointing to the edit button

5. Edit text.

Wikipedia article with red box outlining the edit text section

6. Add references/citations.

Wikipedia article with red arrow pointing to the Cite button

7. Add images. 

Wikipedia article with menu for adding media open

8. Document your changes and publish your edits.

Wikipedia article with Document Changes menu box open

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