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[[Wikipedia]] is a compendium of the world's [[knowledge]]. If you know what you are looking for, type it into Wikipedia's [[Help:Searching|search]] box. If, however, you need a bird's eye view of what Wikipedia has to offer, see its main contents pages below, which in turn list more specific pages.
There are a couple of ways to look things up in [[Wikipedia]]: by searching or by browsing.
 
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== Main subject classifications ==
* If you know the name of an article for which you are looking, simply type it into Wikipedia's [[Help:Searching|search]] box.
 
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Wikipedia's main navigation subsystems ([[Wikipedia:Contents/Overviews|overviews]], [[Wikipedia:Contents/Outlines|outlines]], [[Wikipedia:Contents/Lists|lists]], [[Wikipedia:Contents/Portals|portals]], [[Wikipedia:Contents/Glossaries|glossaries]], [[Wikipedia:Contents/Categories|categories]], and [[Wikipedia:Contents/Indices|indices]]) are each divided into the following subject classifications:
* If you would like to look around the encyclopedia to see what is on it, use Wikipedia's '''Contents''' pages. Lists and [[Index (publishing)|indices]] are examples of contents for a published work, and Wikipedia has [[#Wikipedia's indices|many of each]], including a [[Portal:Contents#Alphabetical_lists_of_articles|complete alphabetical index]] and [[#Category system|indices by category]]. <br /> Links to all of Wikipedia's main contents pages are presented below, and they in turn link to the more specific pages.
 
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* [[Wikipedia:Contents/Reference|Reference works]] &ndash; compendiums of information, usually of a specific type, compiled in a book for ease of reference. That is, the information is intended to be quickly found when needed.
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* [[Wikipedia:Contents/Culture and the arts|Culture]] &ndash; encompasses the social behavior and norms found in human societies, as well as the knowledge, beliefs, arts, laws, customs, capabilities and habits of the individuals in these groups.
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* [[Wikipedia:Contents/Geography and places|Geography]] &ndash; field of science devoted to the study of the lands, features, inhabitants, and phenomena of the Earth and planets.
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* [[Wikipedia:Contents/Health and fitness|Health]] &ndash; state of physical, mental and social well-being in which disease and infirmity are absent.
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* [[Wikipedia:Contents/History and events|History]] &ndash; the past as it is described in written documents, and the study thereof.
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* [[Wikipedia:Contents/Human activities|Human activities]] &ndash; the various activities done by people. For instance it includes leisure, entertainment, industry, recreation, war, and exercise.
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* [[Wikipedia:Contents/Mathematics and logic|Mathematics]] &ndash; the study of topics such as quantity (numbers), structure, space, and change. It evolved through the use of abstraction and logical reasoning, from counting, calculation, measurement, and the systematic study of the shapes and motions of physical objects.
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* [[Wikipedia:Contents/Natural and physical sciences|Natural science]] &ndash; branch of science concerned with the description, prediction, and understanding of natural phenomena, based on empirical evidence from observation and experimentation.
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* [[Wikipedia:Contents/People and self|People]] &ndash; plurality of persons considered as a whole, as is the case with an ethnic group or nation.
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* [[Wikipedia:Contents/Philosophy and thinking|Philosophy]] &ndash; study of general and fundamental questions about existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language.
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* [[Wikipedia:Contents/Religion and belief systems|Religions]] &ndash; social-cultural systems of designated behaviors and practices, morals, worldviews, texts, sanctified places, prophecies, ethics, or organizations, that relates humanity to supernatural, transcendental, or spiritual elements.
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* [[Wikipedia:Contents/Society and social sciences|Society]] &ndash; group of individuals involved in persistent social interaction, or a large social group sharing the same geographical or social territory, typically subject to the same political authority and dominant cultural expectations. Societies are characterized by patterns of relationships (social relations) between individuals who share a distinctive culture and institutions; a given society may be described as the sum total of such relationships among its constituent of members.
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* [[Wikipedia:Contents/Technology and applied sciences|Technology]] &ndash; the sum of techniques, skills, methods, and processes used in the production of goods or services or in the accomplishment of objectives, such as scientific investigation.
   
 
== Curated article collections ==
 
== Curated article collections ==
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=== Overview articles ===
 
=== Overview articles ===
 
Overview articles summarize in prose a broad topic like [[biology]], and also have illustrations and links to subtopics like [[cell biology]], biographies like [[Carl Linnaeus]], and other related articles like [[Human Genome Project]].
 
Overview articles summarize in prose a broad topic like [[biology]], and also have illustrations and links to subtopics like [[cell biology]], biographies like [[Carl Linnaeus]], and other related articles like [[Human Genome Project]].
* [[Portal:Contents/Overviews]] lists overview articles from covered fields in a single page.
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* [[Wikipedia:Contents/Overviews]] lists overview articles from covered fields in a single page.
   
 
=== Outline pages ===
 
=== Outline pages ===
 
Outline pages have [[tree structure|trees]] of topics in an [[Outline (list)|outline format]], which in turn are linked to further outlines and articles providing more detail. Outlines show how important subtopics relate to each other based on how they are arranged in the tree, and they are useful as a more condensed, non-prose alternative to overview articles.
 
Outline pages have [[tree structure|trees]] of topics in an [[Outline (list)|outline format]], which in turn are linked to further outlines and articles providing more detail. Outlines show how important subtopics relate to each other based on how they are arranged in the tree, and they are useful as a more condensed, non-prose alternative to overview articles.
* [[Portal:Contents/Outlines]] is a comprehensive list of "Outline of __" pages, organized by subject. It is itself an outline, that links (almost) exclusively to other outlines.
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* [[Wikipedia:Contents/Outlines]] is a comprehensive list of "Outline of __" pages, organized by subject. It is itself an outline, that links (almost) exclusively to other outlines.
 
* [[Outline of academic disciplines]] covers subjects studied in college or university, and provides links to prose overview articles and their corresponding outlines.
 
* [[Outline of academic disciplines]] covers subjects studied in college or university, and provides links to prose overview articles and their corresponding outlines.
 
* [[Outline of knowledge]] is the top-level outline, its subject being the broadest one of all. It is the ancestor of all other outlines, and they branch out from it, in successive levels.
 
* [[Outline of knowledge]] is the top-level outline, its subject being the broadest one of all. It is the ancestor of all other outlines, and they branch out from it, in successive levels.
 
=== Third-party classification systems ===
 
Various third-party classification systems have been mapped to Wikipedia articles, which can be accessed from these pages:
 
* [[Library of Congress Classification]]
 
* [[List of Dewey Decimal classes]]
 
* [[Figurative system of human knowledge]]
 
* [[Propædia]]
 
* [[Tree of knowledge system]]
 
* [[Universal Decimal Classification#UDC_outline|Universal Decimal Classification]]
 
   
 
=== Vital articles ===
 
=== Vital articles ===
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* [[Wikipedia:Vital articles/Level/4|Vital articles level 4]] – 10,000 most important articles
 
* [[Wikipedia:Vital articles/Level/4|Vital articles level 4]] – 10,000 most important articles
 
* [[Wikipedia:Vital articles/Level/5|Vital articles level 5]] – 50,000 most important articles
 
* [[Wikipedia:Vital articles/Level/5|Vital articles level 5]] – 50,000 most important articles
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== Third-party classification systems ==
 
Various third-party classification systems have been mapped to Wikipedia articles, which can be accessed from these pages:
 
* [[Library of Congress Classification]]
 
* [[List of Dewey Decimal classes]]
 
* [[Figurative system of human knowledge]]
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* [[Outline of Roget's Thesaurus]]
 
* [[Propædia]]
 
* [[Tree of knowledge system]]
 
* [[Universal Decimal Classification#UDC_outline|Universal Decimal Classification]]
   
 
==Reference collections==
 
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=== List pages ===
 
=== List pages ===
 
List pages enumerate items of a particular type, such as the [[List of sovereign states]] or [[List of South Africans]]. Wikipedia has "lists of lists" when there are too many items to fit on a single page, when the items can be sorted in different ways, or as a way of navigating lists on a topic (for example [[Lists of countries and territories]] or Lists of people). There are several ways to find lists:
 
List pages enumerate items of a particular type, such as the [[List of sovereign states]] or [[List of South Africans]]. Wikipedia has "lists of lists" when there are too many items to fit on a single page, when the items can be sorted in different ways, or as a way of navigating lists on a topic (for example [[Lists of countries and territories]] or Lists of people). There are several ways to find lists:
* [[Portal:Contents/Lists]] – A limited single-page collection of lists and lists of lists
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* [[Wikipedia:Contents/Lists]] – A limited single-page collection of lists and lists of lists
 
* [[List of lists of lists]] – A broad single-page collection of lists of lists
 
* [[List of lists of lists]] – A broad single-page collection of lists of lists
 
* [[:Category:Lists]] – Browse lists comprehensively via the multi-page Wikipedia category system
 
* [[:Category:Lists]] – Browse lists comprehensively via the multi-page Wikipedia category system
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[[Timelines]] list events chronologically, sometimes including links to articles with more detail. There are several ways to find timelines:
 
[[Timelines]] list events chronologically, sometimes including links to articles with more detail. There are several ways to find timelines:
 
* [[List of timelines]] has a long single-page collection
 
* [[List of timelines]] has a long single-page collection
* [[:Category:Timelines]] has a comprehensive multi-page collection via the Wikipedia category system
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* [[:Category:Wikipedia timelines]] has a comprehensive multi-page collection via the Wikipedia category system
   
 
Of particular interest may be:
 
Of particular interest may be:
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* [[List of decades]]
 
* [[List of decades]]
 
* [[List of historical anniversaries]]&nbsp;– e.g. events on January 1 of any year
 
* [[List of historical anniversaries]]&nbsp;– e.g. events on January 1 of any year
* [[{{CURRENTYEAR}}]]&nbsp;– major events this year
 
* [[Portal:Current events]]&nbsp;– featured current events and related project activities
 
* [[Deaths in {{CURRENTYEAR}}]]&nbsp;– lists notable people who died this year
 
 
* [[:Category:Graphical timelines]]&nbsp;– graphical timelines in the category and subcategories, arranged alphabetically
 
* [[:Category:Graphical timelines]]&nbsp;– graphical timelines in the category and subcategories, arranged alphabetically
   
 
=== Glossaries ===
 
=== Glossaries ===
 
[[Glossaries]] are lists of terms with definitions. Wikipedia includes hundreds of alphabetical glossaries; they can be found two ways:
 
[[Glossaries]] are lists of terms with definitions. Wikipedia includes hundreds of alphabetical glossaries; they can be found two ways:
* [[Portal:Contents/Glossaries]] – A single-page list of glossaries
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* [[Wikipedia:Contents/Glossaries]] – A single-page list of glossaries
 
* [[:Category:Wikipedia glossaries]] – Browse glossaries comprehensively via the Wikipedia category system
 
* [[:Category:Wikipedia glossaries]] – Browse glossaries comprehensively via the Wikipedia category system
   
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=== Portals ===
 
=== Portals ===
 
[[Wikipedia:Portal|Portals]] include featured articles, images, news, categories, excerpts of key articles, links to related portals, and to-do lists for editors. There are two ways to find portals:
 
[[Wikipedia:Portal|Portals]] include featured articles, images, news, categories, excerpts of key articles, links to related portals, and to-do lists for editors. There are two ways to find portals:
* [[Portal:Contents/Portals]] – A single-page list of portals
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* [[Wikipedia:Contents/Portals]] – A single-page list of portals
 
* [[:Category:Portals]] – Browse portals comprehensively via the Wikipedia category system
 
* [[:Category:Portals]] – Browse portals comprehensively via the Wikipedia category system
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=== Wikipedia books ===
 
=== Wikipedia books ===
 
[[Wikipedia:Books|Wikipedia books]] are collections of Wikipedia articles that can be viewed, downloaded, or printed into a book. They provide a roadmap for a course of study in a particular subject.
 
[[Wikipedia:Books|Wikipedia books]] are collections of Wikipedia articles that can be viewed, downloaded, or printed into a book. They provide a roadmap for a course of study in a particular subject.
 
* [[:Category:Wikipedia books (community books)]]&nbsp;– an alphabetical list of the books
 
* [[:Category:Wikipedia books (community books)]]&nbsp;– an alphabetical list of the books
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If you are simply looking to browse articles by topic, there are three top-level pages to choose from:
 
If you are simply looking to browse articles by topic, there are three top-level pages to choose from:
 
* [[:Category:Main topic classifications]]&nbsp;– probably what you are looking for: Arts, History, Technology, etc.
 
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For biographies, see [[:Category:People]].
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Wikipedia's alphabetical article indexes
 
Wikipedia's alphabetical article indexes
 
* [[Special:Allpages]] lists all of the current pages in Wikipedia.
 
* [[Special:Allpages]] lists all of the current pages in Wikipedia.
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* Lists of alphabetical indexes
 
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Explore Wikipedia's Contents

Wikipedia is a compendium of the world's knowledge. If you know what you are looking for, type it into Wikipedia's search box. If, however, you need a bird's eye view of what Wikipedia has to offer, see its main contents pages below, which in turn list more specific pages.

Main subject classifications

Wikipedia's main navigation subsystems (overviews, outlines, lists, portals, glossaries, categories, and indices) are each divided into the following subject classifications:

  • Reference works – compendiums of information, usually of a specific type, compiled in a book for ease of reference. That is, the information is intended to be quickly found when needed.
  • Culture – encompasses the social behavior and norms found in human societies, as well as the knowledge, beliefs, arts, laws, customs, capabilities and habits of the individuals in these groups.
  • Geography – field of science devoted to the study of the lands, features, inhabitants, and phenomena of the Earth and planets.
  • Health – state of physical, mental and social well-being in which disease and infirmity are absent.
  • History – the past as it is described in written documents, and the study thereof.
  • Human activities – the various activities done by people. For instance it includes leisure, entertainment, industry, recreation, war, and exercise.
  • Mathematics – the study of topics such as quantity (numbers), structure, space, and change. It evolved through the use of abstraction and logical reasoning, from counting, calculation, measurement, and the systematic study of the shapes and motions of physical objects.
  • Natural science – branch of science concerned with the description, prediction, and understanding of natural phenomena, based on empirical evidence from observation and experimentation.
  • People – plurality of persons considered as a whole, as is the case with an ethnic group or nation.
  • Philosophy – study of general and fundamental questions about existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language.
  • Religions – social-cultural systems of designated behaviors and practices, morals, worldviews, texts, sanctified places, prophecies, ethics, or organizations, that relates humanity to supernatural, transcendental, or spiritual elements.
  • Society – group of individuals involved in persistent social interaction, or a large social group sharing the same geographical or social territory, typically subject to the same political authority and dominant cultural expectations. Societies are characterized by patterns of relationships (social relations) between individuals who share a distinctive culture and institutions; a given society may be described as the sum total of such relationships among its constituent of members.
  • Technology – the sum of techniques, skills, methods, and processes used in the production of goods or services or in the accomplishment of objectives, such as scientific investigation.

Curated article collections

Overview articles

Overview articles summarize in prose a broad topic like biology, and also have illustrations and links to subtopics like cell biology, biographies like Carl Linnaeus, and other related articles like Human Genome Project.

Outline pages

Outline pages have trees of topics in an outline format, which in turn are linked to further outlines and articles providing more detail. Outlines show how important subtopics relate to each other based on how they are arranged in the tree, and they are useful as a more condensed, non-prose alternative to overview articles.

  • Wikipedia:Contents/Outlines is a comprehensive list of "Outline of __" pages, organized by subject. It is itself an outline, that links (almost) exclusively to other outlines.
  • Outline of academic disciplines covers subjects studied in college or university, and provides links to prose overview articles and their corresponding outlines.
  • Outline of knowledge is the top-level outline, its subject being the broadest one of all. It is the ancestor of all other outlines, and they branch out from it, in successive levels.

Vital articles

Vital articles are lists of subjects for which Wikipedia should have corresponding high-quality articles. They serve as centralized watchlists to track the status of Wikipedia's most important articles.

Third-party classification systems

Various third-party classification systems have been mapped to Wikipedia articles, which can be accessed from these pages:

Reference collections

Wikipedia has several types of pages which provide content in a non-prose form, for reference purposes.

List pages

List pages enumerate items of a particular type, such as the List of sovereign states or List of South Africans. Wikipedia has "lists of lists" when there are too many items to fit on a single page, when the items can be sorted in different ways, or as a way of navigating lists on a topic (for example Lists of countries and territories or Lists of people). There are several ways to find lists:

Timelines

Timelines list events chronologically, sometimes including links to articles with more detail. There are several ways to find timelines:

Of particular interest may be:

Glossaries

Glossaries are lists of terms with definitions. Wikipedia includes hundreds of alphabetical glossaries; they can be found two ways:

Bibliographies

Bibliographies list sources on a given topic, for verification or further reading outside Wikipedia:

Category:Discographies

Discographies catalog the sound recordings of individual artists or groups.

Special format collections

Portals

Portals include featured articles, images, news, categories, excerpts of key articles, links to related portals, and to-do lists for editors. There are two ways to find portals:

Spoken articles

Growing collections of Wikipedia articles are starting to become available as spoken word recordings as well.

Collections of articles

Category system

Wikipedia's collection of category pages is a classified index system. It is automatically generated from category tags at the bottoms of articles and most other pages. Nearly all of the articles available so far on the website can be found through these subject indexes.

If you are simply looking to browse articles by topic, there are three top-level pages to choose from:

For biographies, see Category:People.

Category:Contents is technically at the top of the category hierarchy, but contains many categories useful to editors but not readers. Special:Categories lists every category alphabetically.

Alphabetical lists of articles

Wikipedia's alphabetical article indexes

Current history entries

You can help us keep Wikipedia up to date!! The list below is for encyclopedia entries that describe and pertain to events happening on a current basis.

Collections of articles by quality or popularity

Featured content

Featured content is the best Wikipedia has to offer, via vigorous peer review. Presented by type:

Most popular articles