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In a Wikipedia article, the blue text represents any linked text. For the most part, these links exist to bring a reader from one Wikipedia article to another.

If you were reading about Chemistry Sets but then realized what you actually wanted to be reading about were other educational toys, you could click the "Educational Toy" blue link (see image) and follow it to that Wikipedia page.

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A red-link means that the topic mentioned (in this example below, the Toy Safety Act) does not yet have a Wikipedia article. When that article is created, if the title becomes Toy Safety Act that red link will automatically be updated to a blue one.

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An article on Wikipedia that does not link to any other article on Wikipedia is called an orphan.

In order to make sure that any article you're editing can be found my other editors, you should add links and categories. To add a link using the VisualEditor follow these steps:

  1. Select "Edit" on the article and then highlight the word or phrase you want to link. In the example below, the word is "copper". image description

  2. Then, click the link icon above (it looks like a paperclip). This will open up a list of Wikipedia articles related to your highlighted term. image description

  3. Scroll through the list until you find the article that you want to link to. Select that article. The word you highlighted should now be blue. image description

  4. Select "save changes" and add an edit summary. image description

  5. "Save changes" one more time and boom, you're done!

In a any given Wikipedia article, the blue text there are two main links you'll come across:

  • Blue text represents any linked text. For the most part, these links exist to will bring a reader from one Wikipedia article to another.

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    For example: If you were reading about Chemistry Sets but then realized what you actually wanted to be reading about were other educational toys, you could click the "Educational Toy" blue link (see image) and follow it to that Wikipedia page.

    image description

    A red-link means that the topic mentioned (in this example below, the Toy Safety Act)

  • Red text is a link that does not yet have exist as a Wikipedia article. When that article is created, if the title becomes Toy Safety Act that red link will automatically be updated to a blue one. See all those red links in the example below?

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Add links and categories to your article! An article on Wikipedia that does not link to any other article on Wikipedia is called an orphan.

In order to make sure that any article you're editing can orphan, and cannot be easily found my by other editors, you should add links and categories. To add editors.

Adding a link using the VisualEditor follow these steps: VisualEditor

  1. Select "Edit" on the article and then highlight the word or phrase you want to link. In the example below, the word is "copper". image description

  2. Then, click the link icon above (it looks like a paperclip). This will open up a list of Wikipedia articles related to your highlighted term. image description

  3. Scroll through the list until you find the article that you want to link to. Select that article. The word you highlighted should now be blue. image description

  4. Select "save changes" and add an edit summary. image description

  5. "Save changes" one more time and boom, you're done!