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What is a Wiki?

suite""Wiki" (pronounced [ˈwiki] or [ˈviki]) is a Hawaiian word for "fast". A wiki is a website that allows the easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked Web pages, using a simplified markup language or a WYSIWYG text editor, within the browser. Wikis are typically powered by wiki software. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites, to power community websites, for personal note taking, in corporate intranets, and in knowledge management systems.

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Wikis at USD

Wikis such as Wikipedia are commonly used by students and the public to research topics of interest. The easy electronic accessibility and the generally current state of the information drives much of their popularity.

  • Wikis are commonly used on college campuses as knowledge bases and collaborative spaces.  A few examples follow:

The above examples of higher academic use of wikis and much more can be found here within this pdf download entitled: Wikis in Higher Education: Pros, Cons, and How-Tos:

Wikis at USD

Note: Most academic institutions do not consider Wikis authenticated sources for academic research purposes and USD does not currently support a university-wide Wiki.

Why do I want it?

  • Wikis allow you to …

    • Easily find current information on almost any topic and in a variety of languages.
    • Share your expertise on a subject and instantly view the updated information.
    • Can't find a useful wiki covering a particular topic? Create one yourself using one of several free online wiki publishers
    • Create a wiki as a collaboration space for a defined group (a project team or special interest group).

How do I get it?

Searching a wiki is easy. Simply enter the search term and search. To contribute or edit a page, you'll typically need to create an account.  For example, on Wikipedia, go to the Web site:, click on create account in the upper right corner of the screen and follow the steps necessary to create a free account.
If you are interested in creating your own wiki, consider the following free sites: Wetpaint or wikidot

How Do I get Help or Information?

Access a Wetpaint account signup tutorial

Click on Wetpaint to activate an account

Click here to make updates to a Wetpaint "wiki" page on Technology