Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon


Fall 2021 #CiteNLM Edit-a-thon

Fall 2021 #CiteNLM Edit-a-thon

The fall #CiteNLM campaign period will run from November 1-30, 2021. This edit-a-thon will focus on improving articles related to Preventative Health Care and Wellness.

The fall campaign will be an ongoing event! We invite experienced editors and those new to editing to join the program dashboard and edit articles throughout the month of November.

How to Participate

Step 1: Create a free account on Wikipedia

Step 2: Register on our campaign dashboard

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
About #CiteNLM Edit-a-thon
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#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.