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asked 2016-06-06 20:38:58 -0500

updated 2016-07-13 15:47:21 -0500

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I would like my students to analyze the pop culture references in a novel called Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell. Wikipedia has an existing article about Rowell, but not one about the novel. The novel is set in 1999, and the characters make numerous allusions to pop culture throughout the chapters. But my students, most of who were in elementary school in the 1990s, will not be familiar with these allusions. Thus, I would like them to research what they are. In essence, they are creating an encyclopedia of them that would help guide a reader .

Can my students create an additional article that links to Rowell's Wikipedia page?

Best.

Jessie Matthews

I would like my students to analyze the pop culture references in a novel called Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell. Wikipedia has an existing article about Rowell, but not one about the novel. The novel is set in 1999, and the characters make numerous allusions to pop culture throughout the chapters. But my students, most of who were in elementary school in the 1990s, will not be familiar with these allusions. Thus, I would like them to research what they are. In essence, they are creating an encyclopedia of them that would help guide a reader .

Can my students create an additional article that links to Rowell's Wikipedia page?

Best.

Jessie Matthews

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answered 2016-06-07 08:13:32 -0500

Hi Jessie,

You can create an article on any topic which is 'notable', a term of art on Wikipedia meaning that the subject is covered by multiple independent, reliable sources. For topics like books, Wikipedia has specific guidance which give additional, optional criteria. If a book is the subject of multiple articles/reviews/etc. it need not meet those specific criteria, but if a book won an important award and sources aren't immediately forthcoming in a search it can have an article.

Looking at this specific book, it appears to have plenty of coverage out and about, so I have little doubt it is notable. For specific questions like these you can reach out to your Content Expert via email and we'll be happy to answer there. Their email and talk page are available on the dashboard and should be in your welcome email as well.

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