Make note of useful tips and tricks for working with your wiki pages here.

How do I insert special characters?
How do I insert a reference or footnote?
What is an anchor and how do I create one?
How do I know if it is okay to use an image I found online?
How do I create and embed a recording of my own voice?

How do I insert special characters (especially those pesky fada marks)?
  1. Enter the edit mode on the page in question and place the cursor where you want the special character to appear.
  2. Click the "Widget" icon in the toolbar.
  3. Select "Insert Special Character" from the Wikispaces men.
  4. Locate the character you need and click on it.
  5. The Widget window should disappear and your character will be on your wiki page.

How do I insert a reference or footnote?
  1. Enter the edit mode on the page in question and place the cursor where you want the footnote marker to appear.
  2. Click the "Widget" icon on the toolbar.
  3. Select "Reference" from the Wikispaces menu.
  4. If you want a traditional footnote, click "Embed Reference Marker."
  5. Type your citation information in the pop up window and click Save.
  6. You may need to click Preview or Save on the Editor toolbar to see your footnote.

What is an anchor and how do I create one?

An anchor is a way to link one part of a page to another part. As used above, anchors let you create a list at the top of the page and then jump to a different part of the page without scrolling down.
There are two major components to every anchor: the anchored point (where you link to) and the link itself. For detailed instructions on how to create these two components, visit this page.

How do I know if it is okay to use an image I found online?

This varies on a case by case basis. You need to determine who "owns" the image. This could be the person who took the picture (likely on a blog or photo pool), a professional photographer, a corporation, etc. Try to find a copyright statement to go with the image. This will lead you to one of four common results:
  1. If you are lucky, your image will be one of the many web images are released under a Creative Commons or GNU license or are public domain. In this case all you'd need to do is credit the original source. Do this in a caption under the photo which includes a link to your original source. Wikipedia, by the way, usually includes a note about the copyright with every image so it's a great place to get images. Another great option is the advanced search function at Flickr, which you can set to search for only Creative Commons-licensed content.
  2. Anything that comes from a government website is free to use.
  3. If the image is copyrighted, you need to contact the owner and request permission to use it. Make sure that you acknowledge the source with a linked caption and include the phrase "used with permission" if permission is granted.
  4. If you cannot determine which of the first three situations apply, then play it safe and contact the owner to request permission to use the image (if it is their own) or to ask where they originally found the image so that you can attribute it properly. It is always better to ask now than to be accused of improper use later.

How do I create and embed a recording of my own voice?

There are many tools you could use for this, but one good free audio recording tool is Audacity. This program is installed on many of the university's computer lab machines already, but it is free software and you can download it to your own machine as well. If you want to install it on your own machine, go to the Audacity website and follow the download instructions for your operating system. You should also download the optional LAME mp3 encoder while you are on their page.

Once you have successfully installed the programs (or found a campus computer with the program already installed), make sure you have a built-in or plugged in microphone and follow these steps to record yourself:
  1. Open a new Audacity window.
  2. Click the red circle (the record button).
  3. The program will begin recording immediately, but you can crop the recording so don't worry if it records some empty space before or after you speak.
  4. Speak loudly and clearly toward your computer/microphone.
  5. Click the yellow square (stop button) to stop the recording.
  6. Use your mouse to highlight the section you want to export as an mp3 file- the squiggly lines indicate where you've recorded.
  7. Once you've highlighted the section press play (green arrow) to make sure you are happy with your recording.
  8. If you are unhappy, open a new window and try again.
  9. If you are happy with your recording, make sure that your section is highlighted and choose "Export selection as MP3" from the File menu. You may need to activate the LAME mp3 encoder that you downloaded earlier, just follow the steps on the screen.
  10. Save the file to your desktop as an .mp3. Name it something you'll recognize, like the word you just recorded.
  11. Enter edit mode on the wiki page where you want to embed the file.
  12. Place the cursor where you want the file to be located, probably either next to or below the word you've recorded.
  13. Click the "File" button on the editing toolbar. Inside the pop-up menu, click the Upload Files button on the right-hand side. Select your saved mp3 file and upload it.
  14. You should now see your recorded file in the list of files in the pop-up menu. If the "Click to" drop-down menu on the right hand side shows "embed file," you will embed the file within the wiki page wherever your cursor was when you opened the file menu by clicking on the file you just uploaded within that list in the pop-up menu. If you chose "link to file" it will insert a link where your cursor is and then take anyone who clicks that link to a new page where the word will play. If you choose "link to file" you can skip step 15.
  15. A new editing window will open that will allow you to choose the alignment and size of the file on the wiki page. If you choose "none" for alignment it will stay where your cursor is (i.e. within the line), but you can choose to justify it left, center, or right if you prefer. You can also shrink the size of the file (recommended) to make it less obtrusive. Once you are happy with your choices, click "Close" on the editing window.
  16. Save the wiki page. Your file should now be embedded and playable. If you want to change the size, go back to edit mode and click on the file icon and shrink or expand it as you like. If you are unhappy with the placement or recording you can delete it by clicking on it within edit mode and either hitting delete or "remove widget" in the edit menu and then embed it again wherever you like.