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See below for assistance with the most common questions, or search the help pages using the search box to the right.

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I want info about browsing or searching

The Readers' FAQ and our "About" page contain the most commonly sought information about Wikipedia.

There is a search box in the upper-right corner of every page with the word "Search" in it. Just type what you are looking for in there and then press Template:Key press. See Help:Searching for more details.

There are other ways to browse and explore Wikipedia articles, many can be found at Portal:Contents. Also see our disclaimers for cautions about Wikipedia's limitations.

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I want to edit Wikipedia

Contributing is easy: see how to edit a page. For a quick summary on participating, see the Plain and simple guide. The Cheatsheet will remind you of basic wiki markup. You can practice editing and experiment in a sandbox.

Be bold in improving articles! When adding facts, please provide references so others may verify them. If you are affiliated with the article subject, please see our conflict of interest guideline.

If you're looking for places you can help out, the Community portal is the place to go.

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I want to report a problem with an article

If you spot a problem with an article, you can fix it directly, by clicking on the "Edit" link at the top of that page. See the "I want to edit Wikipedia" section of this page for more information.

If you don't feel ready or qualified to fix the article yourself, please post a message on the article's talk page. This will bring the matter to the attention of others who work on that article. There is a "Talk" link at the top of every article.

Alternatively you can contact us. If it's an article about you or your organization, see Contact us - Subjects.

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I want to create a new article or upload media

Check Your first article to see if your topic is appropriate, then the Article wizard will walk you through creating the article.

Once you've created an article, see Writing better articles for guidance on how to improve it and what to include (like reference citations).

For contributing images, audio, or video files, see the Introduction to uploading images. Then the Upload wizard will guide you through that process.

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I have a factual question

If searching Wikipedia has not answered your question (for example, questions like "Which country has the world's largest fishing fleet?"), try the Reference Desk. Volunteers there will attempt to answer your questions on any topic, or point you towards the information you need.

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I'm stuck

For your convenience, answers have been recorded for the most frequently asked questions.

You can find also where to ask questions or make comments.

You can ask questions about using Wikipedia at the Help desk or the Teahouse. Volunteers will respond as soon as possible.

Or Template:Input link on your talk page, and a volunteer will visit you there!

You can get live help with editing in the help chatroom.

Find and directly contact an actively editing user at Highly Active Users.

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I'm looking for help with something specific

  • Use the Search Help box at the top right of this page.
  • For comprehensive help page listings, start with the menu at Help:Contents/Browse.
  • For a descriptive listing of informative, instructional and consultation pages, see Help:Contents/Directory.
  • For a list of the services and assistance that can be requested on Wikipedia, see Wikipedia:Requests.
  • If you are looking for an operational page, see Wikipedia:Department directory.
  • Wikipedia:Quick directory lists key locations of interest around Wikipedia.
  • The blue bar below is a navigation box showing many of the help pages. Click "show" on the right to expand it.

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