How do I build a Page for my Research Focus?

  1. Use the navigation to go to the Topic Page
  2. Use the Wiki Control button to reveal the Wiki Tools
  3. Click on the Edit button
  4. Type your research focus.
  5. Highlight your research focus, then click the Link button
  6. The default is to create a new page. Click Add Link.
  7. Click the Save button.
  8. Click on your research focus link.
  9. When it alerts you that the page doesn't yet exist, click Edit to create a new page.

Building Your Page

Here's a link to what a completed page may look like.

Good Design... Things to consider.

Wiki Norms:
  • Be appropriate.
  • Be respectful.
  • Do your best work.


  • Keep fonts and styles consistent by using the default font/style or templates when available.
  • Limit changes in color, font, alignment.
  • Left-align text in pages.
  • Single-space within pages. Use bullets, numbered lists, or the line tool if you need clearer delineation.
  • Follow the format of the templates throughout the wiki.
  • Words on letter pages should be lower case (unless it's a proper noun).
  • Words on letter pages should be in alphabetical order.
  • Limit images and animations on pages.
  • Only links should be underlined. Use italics to designate book titles.
  • When linking outside the wiki, open in a new page.

Design - What do you think?

Here are 2 websites with the same basic content. Notice the differences between them. One has a more clean and simple design where the content is the star of the show. With a "busy" design, you may unintentionally distract your audience away from the content. Some images, animations, formatting changes are good. These are the things that make a page more intriguing to your audience. But always remember, sometimes "less is more." You know your audience... Perhaps find a happy median between "less" and "more."

Collaborative Content

  • Define your audience.
  • Write for your audience.
  • Don't copy from a source and paste it into the Wiki. Read, summarize, and put ideas in your own words. Others will help make it better!
  • Don't delete existing information and replace it with your own. Merge your ideas with the existing ideas to make it better.
  • Add pictures that are appropriate for the topic and the audience.
  • Use copyright-free images
  • Add links, but make sure they are quality links that are appropriate for your audience and topic.