Editing Guide

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Welcome to the editing guide.

Where to Post Content

Remember that redundancy is good. Our portals are set up by time, place, theme, and topic, so it may be appropriate to list your content in three or four different places. For example, a lecture on trade in 18th-19th century Brazil might be listed in the pages for South America, Brazil, Iberian Empires, and the thematic pages for Capitalism and Labor History, and if the lecture touched substantially on women's labor it might also be appropriate to add it to the Gender and Sexuality page. The more broadly you list it the easier it will be to find.

What Information to Provide

Please always provide details about who created a resource, their institutional affiliations, and how to contact them if possible. It is also valuable to pair resources together, for example listing a podcast with links to recommended readings to use with it, or to a syllabus as well as online ways to access relevant readings.

Remember many people will use the search function, so including keywords including alternate forms and pluralizations will be invaluable.

When adding information about a specific resource, such as a database, podcast, or filmed lecture series, it can be most efficient to create a unique page with all the details about that resource and appropriate keywords, then to make a simple link from relevant topical/regional portals to the page about the resource, rather than repeating details about the resource on several pages. For a sample see the page for the History of Censorship and Information Control During Information Revolutions Project

Models for How to Organize Pages

Wiki Editing How-To

  • Pages in RED TEXT do not yet exist; to create one, click the red text. To create a new page that doesn't already exist as red text, simply edit any page where a link to your new page would be appropriate and add a link to the new page by writing its name inside double square brackets [[like this]]; once you save changes, the page link you added will appear in red text, and you can click the red text to create the page. You can copy-paste starting headings for your new page from this generic sample page.

Wikimedia's Formatting Guide explains how to input many kinds of formatting, such as indents, bulleted lists, special characters etc. A few of the most commonly-needed ones are listed below.

To link to an internal page, type the name of the page with double square brackets before and after. Typing:

[[Disability History]] 

will create a link that looks like this: Disability History


To link to an external page, type a single square bracket, then put in the url, then a space, then write the word or phrase you want to be the link, then a single closed bracket. Typing

[https://torch.ox.ac.uk/article/online-resources-for-medievalists Oxford Torch Center Resources for Medievalists] 

will create a link that looks like this: Oxford Torch Center Resources for Medievalists


To create bulleted lists, begin the line with an asterisk, then a space, then your text. To make further levels of indentation, simply add additional asterisks. Thus:

* This line was created by putting one asterisk, then a space before the text 
** This line was created by putting two asterisks, then a space before the start of the text
*** This line was created by putting three asterisks, then a space before the start of the text

will produce this:

  • This line was created by putting one asterisk, then a space before the text
    • This line was created by putting two asterisks, then a space before the start of the text
      • This line was created by putting three asterisks, then a space before the start of the text

To create a numbered list, begin the numbered list with a # sign, then a space and your text. So typing this:

# This line has a pound sign, then a space before the text
## Typing multiple # signs before your text will make indented numbered sub-lists. This line has two pound signs then a space before the text.
### This line has three pound signs, then a space before the text.
### This line also has three pound signs, then a space before the text.
## This line has gone back to having two pound signs, then a space before the text. Note how it has conveniently resumed the numbering.

will produce this:

  1. This line has a pound sign, then a space before the text
    1. Typing multiple # signs before your text will make indented numbered sub-lists. This line has two pound signs then a space before the text.
      1. This line has three pound signs, then a space before the text.
      2. This line also has three pound signs, then a space before the text.
    2. This line has gone back to having two pound signs, then a space before the text. Note how it has conveniently resumed the numbering.

To indent lines, begin a line with a colon, then a space, then your text. So typing this:

: This line begins with one colon, then a space
:: This line begins with two colons, then a space
:::: This line begins with four colons, then a space

Will produce this:

This line begins with one colon, then a space
This line begins with two colons, then a space
This line begins with four colons, then a space

To make text appear set off in a box, simply include a space before the first word in the line

This was created by putting a space before the word "This"

To make text bold or to make text italic use these methods:

To make text italic put two apostrophes before and after it, like this:

See ''The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire'' p 1034

See The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire p 1034

To make text bold, put three apostrophes before and after the text, like this:

The Black Death '''did not go away''' after 1348, it remained endemic in Europe

The Black Death did not go away after 1348, it remained endemic in Europe

To make text emphasized (which appears as bold on most machines but may be emphasized different ways on smart phones or in particular fonts) do this:

Podcasts can be <strong>very good</strong> launching points for online discussion

Podcasts can be very good launching points for online discussion


To make a horizontal dividing line type four hyphens as a line alone, like this:

<nowiki----</nowiki>

To create page subsections, the phrase you want to be the title of the subsection should be typed with equals signs on either side of it separated by a space between the equals signs and the text. The more equals signs you put, the smaller the subsection heading will be. You should always use a minimum of two equals signs, because the Level 1 subheading which would be generated by one equals sign is actually the heading of the whole page. Thus to create subheadings you want to start with level 2, for example this:

 == Level 2 subheading (largest) == 
Sample text
 === Level 3 === 
Sample text 2
 ==== Level 4 ==== 
Sample text 3
 ===== Level 5 ===== 
Sample text 4

Will produce this

Level 2 subheading (largest)

Sample text 1

Level 3

Sample text 2

Level 4

Sample text 3

Level 5

Sample text 4