Archivopedia's MediaWiki Search and Markup Cheatsheet

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Welcome to Archivopedia!

 Thanks for visiting the site. We hope you will want to become part of this collaborative  
 encyclopedia. That's why we're making it easy for you to learn how to be a contributor! 
 If you are familiar with the wiki markup languages or have contributed to other wikis such 
 as Wikipedia, then this page is a helpful refresher. There may be a few minor differences 
 so at least read the page once even if you are an expert. If you have never used a wiki, 
 feel free to bookmark this page! It is an excellent reference source for this, or any wiki 
 project for which you might like become a contributor. This is a great place to learn. 

Use these helpful search and markup directions in combination with the Archivopedia Sandbox practice area to learn everything you need to know to get started. If you have particular questions not covered here, feel free to email admin1[at]


Archivopedia Search

There are two main search methods

1) Simple Search

  * Use the main search interface on the home page
  * Use the search box on the left of all Archivopedia wiki pages

2) Advanced search

  * Not yet available.

Editing pages

If you would like to edit a page, click on the "edit" tab at the top of the page. There you will find the Archivopedial article marked up using MediaWiki formatting. But don't be discouraged, this page will help you understand the formatting marks to be able to read the page as well as create your own formatting when adding content. Click the "edit" tab now to look at the MediaWiki formatting for this page, when you are finished, just click the "article" tab to return to this page without making saving any changes.

Wiki Toolbar

What do those icons mean on the edit page?

 * Image:button_bold.png  B Icon - Bold text
 * Image:button_italic.png  I Icon - Italicize text
 * Image:button_link.png  Ab Icon - Add a link to another Archivopedia wiki page
 * Image:button_extlink.png  Globe Icon - Add a hypertext link 
 * Image:button_headline.png  Large A Icon - Create a headline or category (large font, underlined)
 * Image:button_image.png  Picture Icon - Embed an image
 * Image:button_media.png  Horn Icon - Link to a media file 
 * Image:button_math.png  Square Root Icon - Create a mathematical formula 
 * Image:button_nowiki.png  No W Icon - Ignore Wiki formatting
              Use to demonstrate formatting marks
              Use when formatting marks conflict with content
 * Image:button_sig.png  Cursive Icon - Your signature with a timestamp
              Place on all contributions on the talk page to add authority 
              to your contributions and discusssions.
 * Image:button_hr.png  Line Icon - Add a horizontal line to the page 

Change the text formatting by hand

All of the above formatting marks located in the toolbar can be introduced by hand. There are also additional items that can be done by hand that are not available in the toolbar. Both are described below.

 Three apostrophes placed immediately before and after the text to be in boldface   
 Two hyphens placed immediately before and after the text to be italicized
Bold italic
 Seven apostrophes placed immediately before and after the text to be in boldface and italic
Horizontal Line
 Four hyphens without spaces ----
Ignore Wiki Formatting
 Use html like tags to begin and end the <nowiki></nowiki> 
 commands and place the text between the two tags. 

Creating the Contents Box

The Contents box at the top of each page is automatically generated when headings, subheadings, and sub-subheadings are added.

How to change the font size by using headings and subheadings

  • Main Heading/Category
 Use two equal signs before and after a main heading or category title ==
 Example: ==Heading==
  • Subheading/Subcategory
 Use three equal signs before and after a subheading or subcategory title ===
 Example: ===Subheading===
  • Sub-subheadings, etc.
 With each layer of depth to headings, simply add another equal sign to each side of the 
 sub-subheading text. For example, the next level would require four equal signs before and
 after the text. ====  The next level after that would require five. =====  

Add a Link by Hand

  • To an existing Archivopedia page
 Double square bracket around the exact title of the Archivopedia page name 
 [[Archivopedia page name]]
 Example: provenance
 Note: verify that the link works after saving the page; modify if necessary
  • To a web page
 Single square bracket around both the url (including http://) followed by 
 the text to be highlighted 
 [ page description]  
 Example: Archivopedia home page

Create a New Page

  • 1) Create a link to a new web page
   Double square bracket around the exact title of the desired Archivopedia page name 
   [[Archivopedia new page name]]
  • 2) Save the existing page
  • 3) Click on the link created
  • 4) Add content: please see the two sample pages: Schellenberg and Stakeholders - US
  • 5) Add the references section and formatting rule: == References ==<references/>
  • 6) Copy and paste the footer from the sample page: Schellenberg
  • 7) Save the new page
  • 8) Check the page save by conducting a search by page name
  • 9) To avoid confusion, create redirects if the term or individual is unique. To do this, there must be at least a few words on the page individuals will be directed to, so if it is an individual for example add their name. Then, create pages using search terms users might think of. For example: If you create and entry for T. R. Schellenberg, you will want to do so using the official LCNAF. However, researchers may search for any of the following: "Schellenberg", "T.R. Schellenberg", "T. R. Schellenberg", "Theodore R. Schellenberg" or "Theodore Schellenberg". Create pages under the anticipated names and then include the redirect command to the authorized name with the correct page in brackets.
  #REDIRECT [[Schellenberg, T. R. (Theodore R.), 1903-1970]]

Use a disambiguation page if the name is common rather than a redirect page. A redirect page can only be undone by an individual with Administrator status.

Partial or Empty Pages

Partial or empty pages should contain the "stub" marker. If you create a new page and it needs substantial development, insert the following code:{{stub}}; that is, the word "stub" between two brackets. Ideally, you will also ad any additional templates that are appropriate for the entry.

Templates for People

Templates for Terms

  ==Definition of [Enter Term]==

  "[Enter Definition]."<ref> [Enter Reference information using 
  The Chicago Manual of Style].</ref>


  * Note: To facilitate improved organization when adding content always post new 
  [[archives]], [[events]], [[institutions]], [[people]], [[projects]], [[seminal
  publications]], [[technical handbooks and guides]], [[terms]], etc. in the category   
  listed off of the [[Main Page]].



Create a New Paragraph

  • New Paragraph (flush left)
 Click enter twice

Create a List

Single Column List

 To create a single column list, simply space each item on the list as though each item 
 were a new paragraph. That is, press enter twice after each entry.

Double Column List

Bulleted List

 To create a bulleted list, place the * before items in a list

Numbered List

 To create a numbered list, place # before items in a list: 
 # First item
 # Second item
 # Third item
 # Fourth item

Example results:

  1. First item
  2. Second item
  3. Third item
  4. Fourth item

Boxed List

Single Column, Centered List

 To create a single column boxed list, simply indent a minimum of two spaces. Single space 
 between all items to be contained within the same box. Double space to start a new box.
 To center items in the list, indent the number of spaces required.
 Example: Types of lists include:
                                     Single Column Lists
                                     Double Column Lists
                                        Bulleted Lists
                                          Boxed Lists

Double Column

                        Single Column Lists  |  Bulleted Lists 
                        Double Column Lists  |  Boxed Lists                                   

Block Quotes

 To create a block quote, or to indent without a gray box appearing, use html-like open 
 and close tags with the block quote or text to be indented between them, like so: 
 Each line is automatically indented. For block quotes, quoted text should be followed 
 by an attribution or a footnote citing the source.
"It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents--except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness." -- Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, Paul Clifford (1830)

Create a Footnote

Regular Footnote

Complete footnotes for citation purposes should be created following The Chicago Manual of Style formatting.

A book should follow the format: <ref>Last name, First name Middle initial., date of publication. ''Title of the book.'' City of publication: Publisher.</ref>


 <ref> Daniels, Maygene F., and Timothy Walch. 1984. 
  ''A Modern archives reader basic readings on archival theory and practice.'' Washington,
  D.C.: National Archives and Records Service, U.S. General Services Administration.</ref>

Explanatory Footnote

An explanatory footnote is an apparatus whereby additional commentary material that would otherwise interrupt the narrative flow of the entry may be added. Explanatory footnotes should be rare and only in certain cases. For example, when a souce is cited in the article and it is necessary to keep the quote, but another source updates, contradicts, or corrects the original infomation. See the Schellenberg article for examples of explanatory footnotes.

Add a Media File

Add an Image

1. Use the toolbox on the left side of the page click on "Upload File."

2. Upload the file. (Only .jpg, .png, and .ogg files are accepted).

3. After the file is uploaded, open the page and insert the image command and the file name in double square brackets where you want the image to appear, then save the page.

 Code: [[Image:button_bold.png]] Result: Image:button_bold.png

Creating an RSS feed to distribute the article

To turn an article into an RSS feed, simply add the following tag to the very top of the article:

  <startFeed />

Then at the end of the article, before AddThis Bookmarks, add the following closing tag:

 <endFeed />

Finally, the feed must be added to a feed aggregator or news reader.

Archivopedia Sandbox

Use the Archivopedia Sandbox to practice your formatting or to just learn how to use Archivopedia.

Signing and Dating Your Contributions

 While the article itself is free of contributors' names, contributors are invited to add to
 the talk page where they may document each of their contributions and engage in debates about 
 various aspects of each article. To sign the talk page, simply add four tildas at the end of 
 your comments.

Example: My contribution to the debate~~~~

My contribution to the debate Admin1 15:30, 27 November 2007 (CST)

Archivopedia Talk Page

Your Profile and Credentials

Including your credentials is a wonderful way for readers and fellow contributors to the encyclopedia to know that this resource provides credible and well-researched articles. After you sign up, to add a description to your profile, simply click on your name to the right of the person icon at the top of the page. This page is where individuals will be taken when they click on your comments.

 One of the administrators has offered their page as an example Shannon Bohle 15:34, 27 November 2007 (CST)

To help keep track of members, why not add yourself to the Archivopedia [social map [1]? Be sure to use your archivopedia email address which is simply your username[@] That way people will know how to find you in Archivopedia! If you would like to add your personal or institutional email address, or upload a photo of yourself or the building where you work that does not violate copyright laws, please do so on your profile page. You may also include links to your personal home page, institutional page, or specific material on or relating to the Archivopedia website.

Allowing visitors to leave Blog-like comments on a wiki article

Add the following markup toward the bottom of the page:

 <Comments />

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