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#citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thons

Wikipedia’s health topics pages are visited a staggering 7 billion times a year, making it possibly the world’s most popular health information resource. The objective of #citeNLM is to improve the credibility and content of medical and health-related articles on Wikipedia by adding citations and information from National Library of Medicine (NLM) sources.

NLM is actively engaged in reaching a major strategic goal to “reach more people in more ways through enhanced dissemination and engagement pathways.”

By holding #citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thons, we can:

  • Make it easier to get credible, evidence-based health information online
  • Disseminate NLM sources and increase their reach
  • Leverage network members’ expertise, experiences, and audiences
  • Engage NNLM members nationwide

Our NNLM #citeNLM campaigns run twice per year, in the Fall and Spring. Join NNLM staff members and Wikipedians virtually during our twice yearly one-day edit-a-thons or host an event at your institution anytime during the campaign period. Check-out our Organizer’s Guide to learn how.


Fall 2019 #citeNLM Edit-a-thon

The Fall #citeNLM campaign period will run from October 1-November 30, 2019. Host your own event during the campaign period or join us for our virtual #citeNLM Edit-a-thon on Wednesday, November 20. Sign-up on our dashboard today to participate! Attend our training session on Thursday, October 17 for more information.

How to Participate

Step 1: Create a free account on Wikipedia

Step 2: Register on our campaign dashboard

Step 3: Find an article that needs a citation. Here are some strategies:

  • Choose one of the pre-selected articles on the program dashboard
  • Find an article with sourcing or other problems
  • Select an article while browsing pages related to the campaign theme

Step 4: Cite a source

  • Find a source from an NLM product or other reliable website to support the article
  • Add a citation using Wikipedia Style (learn more about adding citations from 1Lib1Ref)
  • Add the project hashtag #citeNLM in the Wikipedia Edit Summary

Step 5: Share!

  • Include the hashtag #citeNLM in your tweets about the event and follow the hashtag to interact with fellow Wikipedians
  • Drop a pin of your location on our participant map