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The Psychology Wiki is an academic site modelled on the popular Wikipedia site, which is an online encyclopedia that anyone can edit. The Psychology Wiki was started by a group of professional psychologists who decided that a single reference site containing all of the information within the discipline of psychology would be an invaluable tool to clinical professionals, academics, students and other interested parties.
The site aims to provide an up-to-date, authoritative statement of knowledge, theory, and practice in the whole field of psychology. It is written to serve academic needs at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, to inform professionals, both in training and in the field, and to provide information for the people we seek to help.
Using the same software as the Wikipedia site, the Psychology Wiki is intended to slowly develop through contributions from its users. Initially much of the information will be similar to that on the Wikipedia site; however it is envisaged that the Psychology Wiki will go into much greater depth and providing full academic referencing of each area.
As the intended users of the Wiki are professionals and students within Psychology, there is much greater potential for the articles and information to be of a higher standard than is the case in Wikipedia, due to a greater level of expertise. Another aim of the site is allow users of psychology services to comment on their experiences in seperate discussion areas, linked to each article.
The Psychology Wiki is intended to link to every significant academic paper referenced, either on-site (elsewhere in the Psychology Wiki) or off-site (to external sources, eg. PubMed). This was the original intention of the world wide web at Cern in Geneva, allowing scientists to quickly cross reference papers with their colleagues in related fields.
Finally, the Psychology Wiki will have extensive indexing, allowing easy navigation from one subject to another, as well as extensive cross-linking of keywords to different subjects, which will be familiar to users of wikipedia.
For more information, see Our Vision.
How do I use the Psychology Wiki?
Terms and keywords can be searched for in the search box (to the left side of the screen). It is also possible to search for terms using the sites indexing, for example:
The site index is easily accessible via the Psychology Wiki navigation box (on the right hand side of most pages).
Highlighted words will take you to a page within the Psychology Wiki, related to that word. For example, here the word Depression will take you to the main page for clinical depression. Highlighted words with an arrow next to them  will take you to an external site elsewhere on the internet, for example The British Psychological Society.
If you were looking for it, here is an Introduction to Psychology.
How do I contribute to the Psychology Wiki?
We are happy to see that you have found us, and hope that you will consider contributing to this great resource. For those of you who are not familiar with editing, etc. don't worry! While it can be intimidating at first, you will find all of the resources you need here, along with administrators, and many other users that are more than happy to assist you. Please don't hesitate to contact an administrator at any point by leaving a message on their talk page or sending an email if you have any questions or concerns.
Please take some time to view the following resources. Others have found them to be very helpful during the learning process. Once you have become more familiar with the editing process, etc. you can move on to the next section and begin contributing.
If You Are Familiar With Wikis
If you are already familiar with editing using Wiki-based software, then you can begin contributing by:
All information must be factually correct and properly referenced. The Psychology Wiki uses the American Psychological Association format for referencing. For example:
What if I am a user of Psychology / Psychiatric services?
- *Please Note: The information given on this website, is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you have a medical or psychological problem, or are taking prescribed medication, please consult with your doctor.
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