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CIPedia© is organized as a collection of terms with standard definitions extracted from different sources. Each term has a corresponding wiki page or article, which contains one or more definitions, references, related terms and discussions related to the term.

Creating a new article

A new article reflects the addition of a new term in CIPedia. There are three ways to create a new article:

  • By linking to a non-existing wiki article using a standard syntax. If you (or anyone else) create a link to an article that doesn't exist yet, the link will be coloured with red. Clicking a this red link will take you to the edit page of the new article. Simply type your text, click save and the new article will be created. Once the article has been created, the link will change from red to blue (or purple for pages you've visited) indicating that the article is now created in CIPedia.
  • If you search for a page that doesn't exist (using the search box and “Go” button on the left of the page) then you will be provided with a link to create the new page.
  • You can use the wiki's URL for creating a new article. The URL to a new article of the wiki is usually something like this:

More details about adding new pages can be found at MediaWiki

Adding content in a new article

Applying the template

The articles (terms) in CIPedia follow a common format. They start with a short introduction, followed by available definitions for the term: European, International, National or Standard ones. A Discussion section follows summarizing the page. The last sections can also contain information such as See also (links to related terms), Notes (the sources of the article), and References (additional references), in that order.

The template that should be used for creating the content of a new article can be found here.

Adding a Category

Moreover, each article needs to be assigned to at least one Category. The categories and subcategories which are currently used in CIPedia are listed below:

Press "+" for expanding.

To add an article into a category, please enclose the category name inside of double brackets like . More details see the MediaWiki

Basic editing

Editing a page is fairly simple. Every page on CIPedia has an edit link on it, either in the page itself or at the top left of the screen. The steps are:

  • Click the [edit] page tab at the top of the page (you are now on Edit mode).
  • You'll see a place where you can type and make changes.
  • Click the [Save page] button.

For advanced editing help, press here.


  • Basic markup. Markup language is a very simple way to add formatting with symbols. These can be inserted using the editing tool bar or manually. Otherwise, just type normally.
    • Looks
      • For italics, type two apostrophes ( ' ) around the word like this ''italics''.
      • For bold use three apostrophes: '''bold''' .
      • For bold and italics use five: '''''italics and bold''''' .
    • Sections and lists
      • Section headers are made with the equals sign ( = ) on each side. More equals signs make smaller sub-sections, and so on. You won't use a level 1 header, since that is the title of the page itself.
      • Bulleted lists are made by putting * at the beginning of each line.
      • Numbered lists are made by putting # at the beginning of each line.
    • Links
      • Links from one CIPedia page to another are made with two brackets on each side of the word like [[wikilink]]. To make a link go to a different page than the word it shows, use a pipe: [[Page|word]].
      • Links to external websites are made with one bracket on each side like [external link].
    • Paragraphs and references
      • Line breaks and paragraphs require hitting [return] or [enter] twice (showing an empty line in between).
      • References go between ref tags: <ref>References here.</ref> Place these after the punctuation of the sentence they are used in.
  • Preview and save. If you want to see a draft of your changes, click [Show preview]; otherwise click [Save] and your edit will go live.


  • Talk pages. In addition to the pages you read for information, for almost every CIPedia page there is a corresponding talk page where discussion happens among editors. To use the talk page, click [edit] and add your comments. To create a new topic, click [new section] at the top of the page, give the section a title, and leave your comment. New topics go at the end of the page.
  • Indenting. To make conversations easier to follow, place your comments below the one you are responding to and indent it using a colon (:). Each colon moves the comment farther to the right, so if the person above you used 3 colons ::: you should use 4 ::::. To start a new talk page topic, click [new section] at the beginning of the page and type a title with your comment, or start a new level 2 heading for the same effect.
  • Signatures. On talk pages but not article pages, all comments should be signed with ~~~~. Once saved, this will turn into your username or IP address with a timestamp.
  • Edit summaries. Leave a brief note about what you did and why any time you make an edit. Place it in the edit summary box before you click Save.

Adding references

  • Manual references: Use reference tags after the period: ...end of sentence.<ref>Reference info here: author, publication, date, title, place, web address, etc.</ref> Place at the end of the sentence after the punctuation.
  • Notes section: References should appear at the end of the page. You don't have to type out the references there; instead, place them inside the article after the sentence they support. They'll appear automatically. You can add additional references manually to the References section.

Navigating CIPedia

  • Article: Where the various definitions and their sources are listed.
  • Talk: Where talk happens. Every article page has one, linked at the beginning of the page. Use them for collaboration and dispute resolution by clicking [Talk] at the beginning of the page.
  • History: Where prior versions of an article are stored (talk pages have them too). Click [View history] at the beginning of a page and you'll see all prior edits to the page.
  • User: Your personal page (or someone else's). Linked at the top right of every page, with a blue link and your name. Put stuff here to explain what you are about and why you are here.
  • User talk: Your personal talk page. Use this to facilitate discussions and collaboration. Also used for notices and warnings.
  • Special pages: Specific functions such as Recent changes, and Page logs. You can spot them because they don't have talk pages.

Finding terms and articles

  • Search: Type your query (key words) in the text box at the top right. The system will provide you with some suggestions. You can pick one from the suggested results by clicking on them or pressing Enter.


Further instructions can be found in MediaWiki’s help pages.

This text has been based on Wikipedia User Guide.