Wikipedia Search

Searching for things on Wikipedia is a snap!  Even if Wikipedia can't find what you're looking for right away, its search tools will help you get back on track quickly and easily.

How to Search on Wikipedia

  1. Go to www.wikipedia.org and select your language version.

  2. In the upper-right corner of the screen, click inside the box that says "Search" and type in what you're looking for.  Then click the search button () or press the "Enter" key on your keyboard.  One of three things will happen, depending on what you typed in.

  3. The first (and ideal one) is that you'll go straight to the article you're looking for, if what you typed in is close enough to the specific title of that article.  Congratulations!  No further searching needed!

  4. If you type in a word or phrase that might refer to multiple different articles that Wikipedia has, you'll be taken to a disambiguation page.  Here, you'll see a list of articles that your search term might refer to, grouped by categories.  Click one of the words or phrases in blue font in the list to take you to further disambiguation pages, or to a specific article about what you clicked on.

  5. If you type in a phrase or something else related to a topic, but not the specific name of a topic itself, you may be taken to a general search page. 

    Underneath the search box in the main window, you can filter your results by:

    - Content Pages: if you're looking for a specific article on Wikipedia.
    - Multimedia: if you're looking for an image, sound clip, or video in a Wikipedia article.
    - Everything: if you want to look for your topic anywhere on Wikipedia.
    - Advanced: you can click check boxes here to select where you want to search.

    Like in a disambiguation page, click one of the words or phrases in blue font in the list to take you to further disambiguation pages, or to a specific article about what you clicked on.

And those are the basics of how to search for something on Wikipedia!

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