Ohio Women on Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: March 2022!

For better or worse, Wikipedia has become the first stop for information for many people.

With that in mind, the Ohio Center for the Book, in collaboration with the State Library of Ohio, is encouraging people to add information about Ohio women to Wikipedia during Women’s History Month 2022 to celebrate their contributions to the cultural and social life of our state and country. Our official online edit-a-thon will run from March 26 through April 2.

An edit-a-thon is an event to edit and improve articles on a specific topic or type of content. While the Ohio Women on Wikipedia edit-a-thon will run the last week of March into April, we’re encouraging everyone to take the weeks leading up to the official event as a time to familiarize themselves with the Wikipedia editing process and to gather information they want to add! Then, hit the ground running on March 26!

We invite you to share your progress on social media using #OHWomenWiki22!

I’ve never edited Wikipedia! No problem!

No worries! If you have not edited Wikipedia before, the list of tutorials and guides below provide step-by-step instructions to get you started.

How can I find articles that need edited?

With over 6 million articles on Wikipedia, asking “How do I find articles to edit?” is a natural question!

One option is to simply search for the women about whom you’d like to add information and see if they have an article or if they need one created.*

You can also just add “External Links” to an article linking to online resources about your subject at libraries, archives, or museums! That’s an easy way to get started!

Below we’ve listed a selection of where articles on Ohio women can be found on Wikipedia:

How can I find information to add to Wikipedia?

We’ve got you covered there, too! Check out some sources below…

* If you’re thinking of creating a new article, follow Wikipedia’s “Notability” guidelines. The “Cliffs Notes” version is “People are presumed notable if they have received significant coverage in multiple published secondary sources that are reliable, intellectually independent of each other, and independent of the subject. This is one reason why adding information to existing articles is sometimes easier than creating an entirely new article… at least at first!