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Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Celebrating Arab American Authors

Where and When

The Mardigian Library, in partnership with the First Year Experience Committee, will be hosting a Wikipedia edit-a-thon event in celebration of Arab American Heritage Month! This year's campus read, Hadha Baladuna, highlighted local authors and stories of the Arab American community on our campus, and this edit-a-thon extends this spotlight to Wikipedia. We will focus on training new editors and making incremental improvements to existing pages around the topic of the  contributions of Arab Americans to literature, poetry, academia, journalism, and theater.

Due to restrictions on how many new accounts can be created in one day from the same IP address, it is important the you go to and create an account before you arrive. Do bring your own laptop if you wish, but we will have Chromebooks to lend if you don't bring your own.

This event will be held inside the Mardigian Library on:

Thursday, April 11


Training starts at 5:30pm

(If you will be arriving after 5:45 please watch the training video under "Training Materials" ahead of time so you will be ready to join in as soon as you arrive.)

Even if you can only commit to a small amount of time and don't have time to prepare ahead of time we would still love to have you. So if you are considering coming by, please do and we will make the best possible use of your time!

Questions? Email

Getting Started

1. Go to and click "create account" in the upper right corner to create your account (use whatever email address you want to depending on if you want to still be able to edit in Wikipedia after graduation.)

Do NOT use your name as your username! Read these guidelines before picking a name.

2. Join our event.

3. Download the training handouts from the box below.

4. Watch the training presentation in the box below.

5. Set up your user page.

6. Pick the page you are going to edit.

7. Read the "talk page" for your subject - find what edits are needed.

8. Find the resources you need to make your edits.

9. Start editing!

10. Use the tracking widget below to watch your impact climb!!

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