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Welcome to Wikipedia! Before starting a new article...

  • Please review Wikipedia's notability requirements. In short, the topic of an article must have already been the subject of publication in reliable, secondary, entirely independent sources that treat the topic in substantive detail. They might be books, newspapers, magazines, peer-reviewed scholarly journals and similarly high-quality websites.
  • Information on Wikipedia must be verifiable; if no reliable third-party sources can be found on a topic, then it should not have a separate article.
  • Please search Wikipedia first to make sure that an article does not already exist on the subject.

Generally, an article should closely follow Wikipedia policies and guidelines, specially:

An Article Wizard is available to help you create an article through the Articles for Creation process, where it will be reviewed and considered for publication:

Article wizard

Please consider looking at our introductory tutorial or reviewing contributing to Wikipedia to learn the basics about editing. Working on existing articles is a good way to learn our protocols and style conventions; see the Task Center for articles that need your assistance and tasks you can help out with.

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