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There are several ways to find what you are looking for:

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Search Function

The full-text search bar (located in the top-right) can be used like any other search engine, with some exceptions described below.

  1. Avoid short and common words
    This is the most likely cause of an unexpected failed search. If your search terms include a common "stop word" (such as "the", "one", "your", "more", "right", "while", "when", "who", "which", "such", "every", "about", "onto"), then your search will fail without any results. Short numbers, and words that appear in half of all pages, will also not be found. In this case, drop those words and rerun the search. See Common words for which searching is not possible for the stop words filtered out by the database. From there one can at least go to a page with a stop word as title. Searching for the combination of one or more words and the common word "not" give a database query syntax error due to a bug in the software.
  2. Search is case-insensitive
    The searches for "fortran", "Fortran" and "FORTRAN" all return the same results.
  3. Phrase
    There is no method for searching for a phrase. Contrary to what you might expect, enclosing phrases in double quotation marks such as "can of tuna" will retrieve all pages containing "of" "tuna" and "can".
  4. No regular expressions or wildcards
    You cannot use regular expressions or wildcards such as ? or *. If you don't know what that is, don't worry about it. To search for pages with the words "boat" or "boats" search like this: "boat or boats".
  5. Words in single quotes
    If a word appears in a page with single quotes, you can only find it if you search for the word with quotes. Since this is rarely desirable it is better to use double quotes in pages, for which this problem does not arise. An apostrophe is identical to a single quote, therefore Mu'ammar can be found searching for exactly that (and not otherwise). A word with apostrophe s is an exception in that it can be found also searching for the word without the apostrophe and the s.
  6. Delay in updating the search index
    For reasons of efficiency and priority, very recent changes to pages are not always immediately taken into account in searches.



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What links here

  1. a list of articles which links to the specified page are displayed chronologically, from old at the top to most recently linked at the bottom.
  2. not listed are subpages that just have an automatic link to a page.
  3. the backlinks feature shows which backlinks are redirects. This makes it a useful tool for finding double redirects, which do not work, and, except in special applications can better be replaced by redirects to the final target.
  1. It gives a very rough indication of how popular a page is. Pages with many links are likely to be viewed often and should therefore be of the very best quality. Pages with few or no links may not be very popular.
  2. Where the subject material of an article is unclear, the list of articles linking to it might provide useful context. For instance when presented with a stub about John Smith that gives only his date of birth and death, viewing the list of links to the article might reveal that he won a gold medal in the Olympics.



Other Ways to find what you are looking for

1. Surfing the Mainpage
  • We have structured the content within PsychWiki so that all the pages are accessible through the Main Page via the "Content Areas" or other links listed on the mainpage.
  • Also, all the articles can be found by clicking on the "All Topics" link listed on the left-hand sidebar.


2. Using the Special pages section found here which allows you to search for:
  • All Topics - lists all pages within PsychWiki in alphabetical order. Initially, the "All Topics" page lists those Articles within the "Main" namespace, but you can also refine or expand your search by viewing Article or Discussion pages within other namespaces, such as "help", "templates", "images", "MediaWiki", "Categories", and "Users" (i.e., "namespaces" are simply classification labels to help organize the pages). The "All Topics" page only lists pages that have been edited (so not pages with red links that have no content yet).
  • Random page - redirects to a random page from the main namespace which is not a redirect. Other namespaces can be specified as a parameter. Fun to use to look around PsychWiki.


  • Long pages - shows pages in the main namespace, with size in bytes, in order of decreasing size.
  • Short pages - shows pages in the main namespace, with size (of the wikitext excluding that of templates used) in bytes, in order of increasing size.


  • New pages - shows newest pages with creation date and time, current size, user who created the page, and first edit summary, in reverse order of creation.
  • Oldest pages - shows pages in the main namespace, with creation date and time, in order of creation.


  • Most linked pages - pages with the most links in descending order.
  • Popular pages - shows the most visited pages.
  • Wanted pages - show Articles which have been requested / most wanted, but do not yet have content. Any interwiki linking with "red" links means the page has been created but not edited yet, so "Wanted Pages" shows the pages in descending order that are most wanted.


  • Categories - shows which "Categories" exist within PsychWiki. Categories are automatic indexes that are useful as a table of contents. PsychWiki uses Categories for the research, people, concepts, null findings, and Virtual Lab Meeting.
  • Uncategorized pages - shows pages without category tags (note that after adding a tag to a page refreshing this page does not immediately reflects the change).
  • Uncategorized categories - shows categories that do not have a "meta-category".
  • Unused categories - shows categories that have been created but no pages have been added to that category yet.


  • Broken Redirects - shows "redirect links" to non-existing pages.
  • Double Redirects - Each row contains links to the first and second redirect, as well as the first line of the second redirect text, usually giving the "real" target page, which the first redirect should point to.



  • File List - lists all uploaded files by name.
  • Newimages - lists all uploaded files by picture.
  • Unused files - list all uploaded files that are not currently being used.





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