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See also the Wikia standard page Help:Copying from Wikipedia.


Eventually this will be the main page for information and discussion involving copying material to and from Wikipedia. It has (since Feb 2007) a copy of material from the general page on copying material.

This page is intended to go into much more depth with regard to our relationship with Wikipedia.

Copying material from Wikipedia is perfectly permissible, subject to the proper acknowledgment, and is a good idea in the early stages of a wiki such as this. See Template:enWP and its talk page.

Wikipedia pages[]

If you come to edit a blank page, you may find it useful to import material from Wikipedia under the "free" copyright arrangements. To do this:

  • Go (preferably in another window) to article to be copied.
  • Click on the "edit this page" tab.
  • Highlight and copy the text you want (including categories).
  • Paste it into your page.
  • At the bottom of the page type {{enWP|PAGE NAME}}, where PAGE NAME is the title of the Wikipedia article (preferably pasted for guaranteed accuracy). This calls a template acknowledging the origin of the material.
For example, {{enWP|Depression}} will expand to:
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors).
  • Preview (or even publish, if your internet link is a bit unreliable).
  • Edit out the unnecessary links by removing the brackets [[ ]] around words you don't want linking to pages in this wiki. However, if the source wiki has a useful article on the subject, it can be useful to make it an external link. For Wikipedia it is easy: just add "Wikipedia:" after the opening brackets (and you may add a "pipe" - | - at the end unless there is one already in the link; that hides the "Wikipedia:".
  • Delete or alter category links that are not useful here, but be sure to leave at least one.
  • Put the brackets around the names of pages you do want to link to in the Psychology Wiki, changing the text as necessary.
  • Publish the page.
  • If a red link starting with "Template:" appears in the article, you or someone else should copy the template as well. The Wikipedia version is usually found in a list below the "edit" box of the page you were copying. For some templates, Wikia has adapted versions that work better on ikia sites. Check and

Copying pictures from Wikipedia[]

  • Once you have copied the text over, return to Wikipedia and find if any pictures need to be brought over. Your new article will probably indicate them with a red "Image:..." link.
  • Select a picture with the mouse and click on it. This will take you to the picture's information page. Here, below the copy of the picture, before the information, will be a link with the picture's name.
  • Right click on this and save it to a convenient folder on your computer. (For convenience I have a folder on my desktop called wikipics and put them in there. -- Dr Joe.) Keep the name of the link as this makes things easier.
  • Now go to your copy of the text and find the name of the image {eg Image:brain.png) in the text.Sometimes in long articles you may need to swap back to the original for clues where to find it.
  • Now click on the image link and you will be taken to an option screen. Press 'upload it' and you are taken to the full upload screen with the boxes.
  • In the top box 'browse' to the image file you saved on your computer. Click on it and the top box fills automatically. Fill in any details you need in the big box and press upload. Wait for the picture to be displayed, then return to the article you have copied by hitting the link on the page - and the article should display with the picture.

Sometimes if you are working fast you get an error message saying you don't have access to the server. Wait and try again and it's usually OK. Another tip is to empty the picture folder on your computer after every page or two so you don't get confused with too many files. Once the files have been uploaded, there is no need to keep them on your machine.

Copying new and improved articles back to Wikipedia[]

As we create new articles or substantially improve articles previously sourced from Wikipedia, it is important that we copy them back there if they are relevant to the general reader. This is part of our mission to improve the quality of psychology knowledge in the wider community.

To do this (preferably after registering on Wikipedia) use the same copy and paste techniques as before but in Wikipedia use the EnPW template: {{enPW|PAGE NAME}} (PW for Psychology Wiki rather than WP for Wikipedia). This means all our authors retain credit for their contributions on both sites.

See for example on Wikipedia. It may be necessary occasionally to persuade Wikipedians that our site is worth linking to!