Wiki How To

Quick Tips

Embedding Videos

To embed a video follow these instructions:

1. Go to the Youtube video you want to use. On the right hand side of the video you should see a gray box. In the gray box there should be two boxes, on that says URL and one that says Embed.
2. Copy the text in the Embed box.
3. Open your wiki page and enter Edit mode.
4. Go to the place where you would like to embed your video.
5. In the wiki toolset above the edit box there should be a button that looks like a little camera. Hit that button.
6. In the edit box you now see the following:

paste the html for the video here (Google Video, YouTube, Revver, Dailymotion)

7. Where it says "paste the html…" paste the text you copied from your YouTube video. It should look like this:

<object width="480" height="295"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="480" height="295"></embed></object>

8. Hit Save and VOILA your video should be embedded

Embedding Pictures

1. Go to the page with the image you want to use
2. Right click or ctrl-click on that image.
3. The next step (getting the image link info) differs depending on your browser.

In Firefox and Safari, when the menu appears you should be able to copy the location of that image. It appears this way in the browsers:
Firefox: Copy Image Location
Safari: Copy Image Address
Once you have clicked on one of these you will have saved the web address of the specific image and not the entire web page.

In Explorer things work a little differently you need to right click the select Properties from the menu. You should then get a separate window with a line that says Address. Now select that address and copy it.

4. Once you have finished any of these steps return to your wiki page and enter the edit mode.
5. Go to where you want to insert your image and hit the tool in the toolset that looks like a little picture (use the one on the left not the one with the star on the corner)
6. You should now see the following in your text box

[[image source]]

7. Now paste the address you have copied and replace the word source. NOTE - make sure you do not delete "image" accidentally as the wiki needs that to know what to do with the picture. It should look like this:


8. Hit save and VOILA your image should appear.

Adding Links

There are two types of links in a wiki. Internal links point to other pages in the wiki. External links point to web pages outside of the wiki.

Internal Links

Creating internal links in your wiki is very easy. Simply type the name of the page you want to link to and surround it with three brackets sets of brackets [[[Page Name]]]. You can do this manually or type the name of the page, select it and then hit the page link button in the toolset (its the one with the link inside the pair of lines). You can also use the page link wizard and it will help you create the code (the wizard button is next to the page link button but has a little star on it).

External Links

Creating external links is easy as well. Simply take the url ( and surround it with a single set of brackets. Like the Page Link, there are buttons for creating a URL link and a URL link wizard (they are the buttons with only a chain link and no pair of lines).

One last note about external links. If you want to create a link but use a simpler name like this example:


Do the following. Start with your bracket and then your URL. Then leave a space, type the words you want displayed in the wiki and then put your closing bracket. Your code should look like this:

[ Wikipedia]

This will allow you to add a link without having to show a long URL.

Creating a Table of Contents

Wikis use Headings (which are found under the H1 button) to format and organize information. One benefit of using these headings is that you can automatically make a Table of Contents page. If you have used headings to organize your information in the wiki, simply click the toc button and you will get the following code:


Place this code at the top of your page and Voila!! a Table of Contents for your page.

Footnotes in the Wiki

Since we are doing a lot of writing this semester in the wiki it will be important to know how to use this wiki's citation feature. Fortunately, Wikidot makes citing and bibliography building easy with a built in tool. There are two buttons in the toolset one titled Bib and the other an [n] that allow you to build a bibliography and add a note.

The first thing you want to do when notating and building a bibliography is to add a note. Hitting the [n] button will provide you with the following code in the wiki:

[((bibcite label))]

This lets the wiki know you are creating a citation and provides you with a space to add a label. You should usually use the author's last name as the label (and in the case of multiple citations of the same author just add a number at the end of the name i.e. Levine, Levine2, Levine3, etc.).

Once you've changed the label you should end up with a line that looks like this:

[((bibcite Levine))]

Now to build your Bibliography. Clicking on the Bib button will produce the following text

: label : full source reference

Here again we see the word label. You should use the same label here as you did in the note process because this is how the wiki knows what note lines up with what reference. Once you have changed the label, add your bibliographical information, which should follow Chicago style for footnotes.

When you are done, your bibiliographical code should look like this:

: Levine : Lawrence W. Levine, Highbrow/Lowbrow: The Emergence of Cultural Hierarchy in America (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1988), 240.

If you add another note, just add another line with the following information:

: label : full source reference

and the wiki will build out your bibliography for you.

Here is an example of notes and bibliography in action:

Lawrence Levine writes about the change in American culture and the ascendancy of theatre from a lowbrow to highbrow cultural form.[1] This relates to Simon Frith's writings about the desire of highbrow cultural consumers to look down on mere entertainments.[2]

1. Lawrence W. Levine, Highbrow/Lowbrow: The Emergence of Cultural Hierarchy in America (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1988), 240.
2. Simon Frith, "Entertainment," in Mass Media and Society, ed. James Curran and Michael Gurevitch, 3rd ed. (London: Oxford University Press, 2000), 201.