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Wikipedia's contents


There are two ways to look things up in Wikipedia: by searching or by browsing.

If you know the name of an article you are looking for, simply type it into Wikipedia's search box and press Go, or you can search for information on a topic by typing it in the box and selecting Search.

If you would like to look around the encyclopedia to see what's on it, use Wikipedia's Contents pages. Lists and indices are examples of contents for a published work, and Wikipedia has many of each.  Links to all of Wikipedia's main contents pages are presented below, and they in turn link to the more specific pages.

Wikipedia's reference lists

Overviews of Wikipedia

An overview is a survey of what is covered or included in an area. Overviews of Wikipedia's coverage include:

Featured content

Featured content represents the best Wikipedia has to offer, and undergoes vigorous peer review. It can be found on the following directories:

  • Featured articles — what we believe to be the best articles in Wikipedia
  • Featured pictures — images we find beautiful, shocking, impressive, and informative
  • Featured lists — what we believe to be the best lists in Wikipedia
  • Featured portals — portals we regard as being particularly useful, attractive, and well-maintained
  • Featured topics — topics we believe have coverage which is both comprehensive and well written
  • Featured sounds — sounds we find beautiful, impressive, and informative


Wikipedia has thousands of topic lists; some are even lists of other lists.

Two of the broadest collections are:


Glossaries are lists of terms with definitions:


Portals are pages that feature selected articles, images, and often news items about the Portal's theme subject. They also include topic lists, category lists, and to-do lists which are used mostly by Wikipedia's editors. Portals can be found at:


Timelines are lists of articles organized chronologically. These are the top-level timelines and lists of timelines:

Wikipedia's indices

Alphabetical indices

Categorical indices

Wikipedia's main categorical index system is automatically generated from information (category tags) at the bottom of each article. The category system has 3 top-end pages, which are:

  • Categorical index – an index of major categories, arranged by subject - that section of the page is an exception to the category autogeneration rule, as it is crafted by hand.
  • Category:Categories — the highest level or "root" category in Wikipedia - its autogenerated entries are listed at the bottom of the page.
  • Category:Contents — the category equivalent to this page.
  • Category:Articles — the category in which all article category systems are located.

Wikipedia's other broad categorical indices are:

Spoken Articles