Help:Getting started

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For a brief overview of Folgerpedia, please read the Folgerpedia article.

Creating your account

  • Select the “Account” drop down and click “Create account.”
  • Enter your username. The username must be camel case, first name and last name, e.g. WilliamShakespeare.
  • Enter your password and confirm password.
  • Enter your real name. Edits made in Folgerpedia cannot be anonymous.
  • Select “Create your account”

Creating an article

  • Before getting started writing your article, please read our Folgerpedia:Manual of Style.
    • Types of articles include lists, annotated bibliographies, character and play descriptions, as well as descriptions of individual items in the collection.
      • For lists, title should read “List of…”
      • For annotated bibliographies, title should read “Annotated bibliography of…”
      • For individual collection items ??
  • To create an article, enter the exact desired descriptive title into the search bar and click the search icon.
    • Be sure your title is in sentence case—only the first word in the title should be capitalized unless it is a proper noun.

n.b. in order to check whether an article on your chosen topic already exists, select the middle “Gear wheel” drop down, select “Special pages” and then navigate to “All pages” for a list of all articles. If your article does not exist, the title will appear in red underneath the search bar. To create the article, click the red title link and you will be taken to an empty editing space.

Creating content and editing

Once you have navigated to the new editing space, you have the option of editing in one of two modes. Please be sure to read the editing warnings at the bottom of the article before saving.


To edit in VisualEditor, select the paper icon drop down and click “Edit.” The page should be a tan background and a toolbar will appear along the top. This editing method displays the page as it will look as a finished product. For editing tips, see the VisualEditor help page.

MediaWiki editor

To edit in the MediaWiki editor, select the paper icon drop down and click “Edit source.” This is the HTML editor. To view what the finished product will look like without saving, select “Show preview” at the bottom of the page. For editing tips, see the MediaWiki help page.

Editing reminders

  • Please note that all contributions to Folgerpedia may be edited, altered, or removed by other contributors. If you do not want your writing to be edited mercilessly, then do not submit it here.
  • You are also promising us that you wrote this yourself, or copied it from a public domain or similar free resource.
  • Do not submit copyrighted work without permission!