Spring 2023 #CiteNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
The Spring #CiteNLM campaign will be held on March 24, 2023 from 1pm - 3pm CST. Join NNLM Staff for the virtual event as we work to make Wikipedia a better health and medical information resource!
Register on nnlm.gov to join our live editing event on Friday March 24!
*You do not need to attend live event to participate. You can follow the directions below and your edits will count during the #CiteNLM Edit-a-thon!
How to Participate
Step 1: Create a free account on Wikipedia
Step 2: Register on our campaign dashboard
- Sign-up to independently participate in the virtual edit-a-thon anytime or host your own virtual event
- If you’re a new editor, or new to WikiProject Medicine, complete the training modules on Wikipedia Basics and/or Editing Medical Topics
Step 3: Find an article that needs a citation. Here are some strategies:
- Choose one of the pre-selected articles on the program dashboard
- Find an article with sourcing or other problems
- Select an article while browsing pages related to the campaign theme
Step 4: Cite a source
- Find a source from NLM or other reliable website to support the article
- Add a citation using Wikipedia Style (learn more about adding citations from 1Lib1Ref)
- Add the project hashtag #CiteNLM in the Wikipedia Edit Summary
Step 5: Share!
- Include the hashtag #CiteNLM in your tweets about the event and follow the hashtag to interact with fellow Wikipedians
- Drop a pin of your location on our participant map
#CiteNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thons
Wikipedia’s health topics pages are visited a staggering 7 billion times a year, making it possibly the world’s most popular health information resource. The objective of #CiteNLM is to improve the credibility and content of medical and health-related articles on Wikipedia by adding citations and information from National Library of Medicine (NLM) sources.
NLM is actively engaged in reaching a major strategic goal to “reach more people in more ways through enhanced dissemination and engagement pathways.”
By holding #CiteNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thons, we can:
- Make it easier to get credible, evidence-based health information online
- Disseminate NLM sources and increase their reach
- Leverage network members’ expertise, experiences, and audiences
- Engage NNLM members nationwide
Our NNLM #CiteNLM campaigns run twice per year, in the Fall and Spring. Join NNLM staff members and Wikipedians virtually during our twice yearly one-day edit-a-thons, or host an event at your institution anytime during the campaign period. Check-out our Organizer’s Guide to learn how.