Explore Wikipedia's contents
Wikipedia's contents can be explored on several complementary pages. Some contents pages are comprehensive by topic, while others are comprehensive by the type of page.
An overview surveys what is covered in an area.
Overview – outline that surveys key articles in Wikipedia, divided into 12 major branches
List of academic disciplines – outline of knowledge divided by field of study Outlines – subject overviews as structured lists that identify the subjects' topics and show how they are related to each other.
Wikipedia has thousands more topic lists; some even are lists of other lists.
Two of the broadest list collections are:
Alphabetical indexes are the exceptions to the topical section rule.
Outlines are subject overviews in structured lists that show how topics are related to each other.
Timelines list articles chronologically. The top-level timelines and timeline sets are:
Featured content is the best Wikipedia has to offer, via vigorous peer review. Presented by type:
Growing collections of Wikipedia articles are available as spoken word recordings.
Wikipedia books are collections of Wikipedia articles that can be viewed, downloaded, or printed into a book.
A portal introduces the reader to a subject by presenting images, categories and excerpts of key articles. Portals also guide editing by providing to-do lists.
category system is generated from category tags at the bottom of articles and other pages. The top-level pages are:
Categories – an index of major categories, arranged by subject (because this page is crafted by hand, it is an exception to the category autogeneration rule)
Category:Articles – the category in which all article category systems are located
Category:Categories – pages and categories which themselves specifically relate to categories
Category:Contents – the highest level or "root" category in Wikipedia – its subcategories contain various types of encyclopedic content, content that assists with the navigation of the encyclopedia, as well as pages related to the maintenance of the encyclopedia – its autogenerated entries are listed at the bottom of the page Category:Fundamental categories – the category containing the most fundamental ontological categories, such that every article category system can reasonably be expected to be within it
Wikipedia's other broad categorical indices are:
Glossaries are lists of terms with definitions.
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