How Wikipedia Works is a 2009 book by Phoebe Ayers, Charles Matthews, and Ben Yates. It is a how-to reference for using and Contributing to the Wikipediaencyclopedia, targeted at “students, professors, and everyday experts and fans”. It offers specific sections for teachers, users, and researchers. [1]

How Wikipedia Works (And How You Can Be A Part Of It) is published by No Starch Press , part of their series of technical how-to books. The Register (UK) called it “a great one-stop source for information from the world’s go-to source for information.” [2] The book was originally published under the GNU Free Documentation License . At the time of publication, Wikipedia was also released under the GFDL. The book has since been re-enacted under the CC BY-SA , which Wikipedia now uses. [3] It was designed as a reference work and has detailed bibliographies for each section.

See also

  • Wikipedia – The Missing Manual
  • Bibliography of Wikipedia
  • “Exploring Wikipedia Content Creation Training Manual” , State Library of Queensland


  1. Jump up^ Book reviewin theSacramento Book Review, Vol. 1 Iss. 2, October, 2008, p.19.
  2. Jump up^ How Wikipedia works, a review by the Geek Guide2, October 7, 2008
  3. Jump up^ “How Wikipedia Works” . Retrieved 4 July 2014 .

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