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Explore Wikipedia's contents


Wikipedia's contents can be explored on several complementary pages. Some contents pages are comprehensive by topic, while others are comprehensive by the type of page. The top-level contents pages are listed below.

Topical contents pages

The topical contents pages cover the full range of Wikipedia subjects. They also organize the topics by type of page.

Type-oriented contents pages

The type-oriented contents pages organize material with similar characteristics and formats, usually by topic.

Featured content

Featured content is the best Wikipedia has to offer, via vigorous peer review. Presented by type:


Glossaries are lists of terms with definitions.


Wikipedia has thousands more topic lists; some even are lists of other lists.

Two of the broadest list collections are:


Outlines are subject overviews in structured lists that show how topics are related to each other.


An overview surveys what is covered in an area.


A portal introduces the reader to a subject by presenting images, categories and excerpts of key articles. Portals also guide editing by providing to-do lists.

Spoken articles

Growing collections of Wikipedia articles are available as spoken word recordings.


Timelines list articles chronologically. The top-level timelines and timeline sets are:

Wikipedia books

Wikipedia books are collections of Wikipedia articles that can be viewed, downloaded, or printed into a book.

Alphabetical indexes

Alphabetical indexes are the exceptions to the topical section rule.

Categorical indexes

Wikipedia's category system is generated from category tags at the bottom of articles and other pages. The top-level pages are:

  • Categories – an index of major categories, arranged by subject (because this page is crafted by hand, it is an exception to the category autogeneration rule)
  • Category:Articles – the category in which all article category systems are located
  • Category:Categories – pages and categories which themselves specifically relate to categories
  • Category:Contents – the highest level or "root" category in Wikipedia – its subcategories contain various types of encyclopedic content, content that assists with the navigation of the encyclopedia, as well as pages related to the maintenance of the encyclopedia – its autogenerated entries are listed at the bottom of the page
  • Category:Fundamental categories – the category containing the most fundamental ontological categories, such that every article category system can reasonably be expected to be within it

Wikipedia's other broad categorical indices are: