New handbooks for writing species and chemistry articles

The Wikipedia Year of Science 2016 is on the horizon, and the Wiki Education Foundation is pleased to announce two new science-focused subject guides.

These guides explain explain everything students need to contribute in two subjects areas:

  • Species articles, such as plants and animals, including creating information boxes (taxoboxes).
  • Chemistry topics, such as compounds and compound classes, including information boxes (chemboxes).

These guides were drafted with help from various WikiProjects, experienced editors, and instructors, as well as our Wikipedia Content Expert in the Sciences, Ian Ramjohn. The species brochure was a wonderful collaborative effort with various WikiProjects and experienced Wikipedians SchreiberBike, Shyamal, Plantdrew, MontanaBW, ClemRutter, and Parkywiki. The species guide is a great resource for current and future courses recruited through our American Society of Plant Biology partnership.

Special thanks to Dr. Ye Li at the University of Michigan and the members of WikiProject Chemistry for their feedback on the chemistry brochure.

You can download the handbooks through Wikimedia Commons. Print copies are available, also free of charge, to courses participating in our Classroom Program.

The two guides join our existing suite of materials for specific subjects, including biographies, ecology, medicine, psychology, sociology, and women’s studies. You can see the full list of our resources here.

To request print copies, or to discuss adding a Wikipedia assignment to your course, email


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