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What is a lead section?

asked 2017-07-27 14:01:21 -0500

What is the lead? What should go in it? What shouldn't go in it?

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answered 2017-07-27 14:01:32 -0500

updated 2017-10-25 13:33:18 -0500

Per Wikipedia, a lead section is a brief overview of the article topic and is found at the top of the page. The lead should:

  • Identify the topic

This is typically satisfied by the opening sentence, which is normally phrased something like "Uma Karuna Thurman (born April 29, 1970) is an American actress and model." The title of the article should be bolded in the opening sentence.

  • Establish context

This can normally be accomplished with the lead sentence or with one additional sentence. In our example, Uma Thurman is American, a model, and an actress, which is already explained in that opening sentence.

  • Explain why the topic is notable

This is something along the lines of naming a key accomplishment or highlight. For Uma Thurman's article, you may include her nominations for notable awards or her most well known roles. This won't be an exhaustive list; you can go into specifics in later sections.

  • Summarize the most important points

At the very most, the lead section should only be four paragraphs long and it should not make up the bulk of the article. For most entries, the lead section will only be a few sentences.

For more information, review page nine of the brochure "Editing Wikipedia".

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