Help:Resources by subject

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This page is a guide to using project boxes to tag and categorise your resources by subject. The Wikiversity project boxes system allows you to insert an easy and attractive project box into your resource which does a lot of handy things behind the scenes, such as classifying your resource and making it accessible in the navigation system. Just follow the easy instructions... below....

Subject Box Subclassifications[edit]

Pre-tertiary and post-secondary[edit]

This page makes a fundamental distinction between subjects offered at pre-tertiary (primary, secondary) level and post-secondary (tertiary, research) level. There are a number of reasons for this. The number of subjects taught at schools is a relatively small and stable cannon, where each subject covers a broad range. University subjects profilerate wildly and become very specialised. The vast majority of educators and learners are from primary and secondary education, and one does not want to drown them out of the game by overwhelming them with the proliferation and specialisation of university-level subject definitions.

Colour schemes[edit]

An attempt has been made to distinguish the main sub-classes of subject-related project box by colour.

  • Green: school (K-12, pre-tertiary).
  • Mauve: university
  • Brown: languages
  • Blue: non-formal education

Project boxes for tagging resources by school subject[edit]

It is sufficient to write the shortcut into your wiki-markup. Just copy and paste (or type) the code given into your page including the double curly brackets. The project box will align itself on the right-hand side of your page. The project box will also automatically categorise the resource into a special category which puts your resource into the category tree of the equivalent portal. The project box also adds a link to the relevant portal. All of this is automatic - you just type in the code shown, and the rest is done for you.

Minor school subjects may also be found below under project boxes for "non-formal education".

Write Appearance Shortcut Uses Notes
{{mathematics}}
Nuvola apps edu mathematics-p.svg Subject classification: this is a mathematics resource.
{{maths}}
{{english}}
Nuvola apps bookcase.png Subject classification: this is an English language and literature resource.
{{history}}
Simpleicons Business sand-watch-with-content-falling-inside.svg Subject classification: this is a history resource.
{{geography}}
Gnome-globe.svg Subject classification: this is a geography resource.
{{esl}} Technically this is a language-specific project box (see here). Distinguish carefully from English for native speakers (above).
{{biology}}
Nuvola apps biology.png Subject classification: this is a biology resource.
{{chemistry}}
Nuvola apps edu science.svg Subject classification: this is a chemistry resource.
{{physics}}
Logo physics.svg Subject classification: this is a physics resource.
{{music}}
Nuvola music.svg Subject classification: this is a music resource.
{{art and design}}
Nuvola apps kcoloredit.png Subject classification: this is an art and design resource.
{{arty}} Template "art" already exists and has other purposes.
{{sports}}
Nuvola apps kolf.png Subject classification: this is a sports resource.
{{sport}}
{{statistics}}
Bellcurve.svg Subject classification: this is a statistics resource.
{{stats}}
{{religion}}
Religious syms.svg Subject classification: this is a religious resource.
{{languages}}
Globe of letters.svg Subject classification: this is a language-learning resource.
In addition, you can add a language-specific project box (see here).
{{literature}}
Antique-books-woodward.jpg Subject classification: this is a literature resource.
{{information technology}}
Gnome-fs-client.svg Subject classification: this is an information technology resource.
{{it}}
{{networking}}
Nuvola apps network.png Subject classification: this is a networking resource.
{{science}}
U+269B.svg Subject classification: this is a science resource.

Project boxes for tagging resources by university subject[edit]

In general, it is suggested that every portal and every school page (i.e. every such page created in the Portal: and School: namespaces) devoted to university-level studies should create its own project box and list it here.

Write Appearance Shortcut Uses Notes
{{astronomy}}
Nuvola apps kmoon.png Subject classification: this is an astronomy resource.
{{education}}
Nuvola apps edu miscellaneous.svg Subject classification: this is an education resource.
Everything is educational on Wikiversity. It is suggested that this tag should be reserved for resources on topics such as educational science and other meta-educational matters.
{{law}}
Octicons-law.svg Subject classification: this is a law resource.
{{medicine}}
Bowl Of Hygieia by David.svg Subject classification: this is a medicine resource.
{{philosophy}}
Phi uc.png Subject classification: this is a philosophy resource.
{{psychology}}
Psi2.png Subject classification: this is a psychology resource.
{{engineering}}
Nuvola apps kcmsystem.svg Subject classification: this is an engineering resource.
{{technology}}
Nuvola apps kcmprocessor.png Subject classification: this is a technology resource.

Requests for new subjects[edit]

Can't create a project box? Then just request it here instead. Please sign your name with ~~~~ after your request.

  • Topic: Software Localization Nlyubimova 1:13, 1 February 2017 (UTC)
  • Topic: English as a second language <silviac>Silviac 19:07, 15 February 2012 (UTC)</silviac>
  • Topic:Travel (to put Travel services in)
  • Topic:Journalism and Mass Communications (i.e. reporting, copy editing, advertising, public relations, broadcast, etc.) --Jp07 13:44, 1 July 2011 (UTC)
  • Done; Tertiary education in the subject of law Mlarthur 04:26, 4 October 2009 (UTC)
  • Career development and employment (including career selection, job finding, dealing with unemployment and so on) BillBell 20:53, 15 December 2010 (UTC)
  • Topic: Critical Care Nursing<holly>Holly Northam (talk) 09:02, 11 August 2012 (UTC)

Project boxes for tagging resources by non-formal education topics[edit]

Non-formal education involves both conventional subjects offered in the formal education system, and a huge and unlimited range of other subjects. It is suggested that project boxes should be created for these as and when needed. Project boxes in this section might also include subjects which could be minor school subjects.

Write Appearance Shortcut Uses Notes
{{film}}
Applications-multimedia.svg Subject classification: this is a film resource.
{{design}}
Nuvola apps kcoloredit.png Subject classification: this is a design resource.
{{bloom}}
Nuvola apps biology.png Subject classification: this is a resource about flowers.
{{flower}}
{{wikimedia studies}}
Wikimedia-logo.svg Subject classification: this is a wikimedia studies resource.
{{wms}}

Requests for new subjects[edit]

Can't create a project box? Then just request it here instead. Please sign your name with ~~~~ after your request.

  • Topic:Computer Literacy .charlieCLC
  • I am developing several courses in the "Applied Wisdom" curriculum. I would like a box to help me link these to a subject. Can you please create a box for a subject called "Applied Wisdom" Thanks! --Lbeaumont (talk) 01:58, 1 September 2012 (UTC)
  • next request...

Project boxes for tagging language-learning resources by language[edit]

See Help:Resources by language.

Miscellaneous subject-related project boxes[edit]

Write Appearance Shortcut Uses Notes
{{unknown subject}}
Query-road.png Subject classification: this resource has not yet been assigned to a subject area. Please help!
{{unksub}} Neutral.
{{unknown subject 2}}
Smiley green alien sleepy.svg Subject classification: this resource has not yet been assigned to a subject area. Please help!
{{unksub2}} Fun.
{{meta knowledge}}
Emblem-contradict.svg Subject classification: this resource is about methodology or meta-knowledge and resists classification by subject.
{{metaknow}}

Frequent questions[edit]

Q: I'm not sure which of these templates to use for my resource.

A: You don't have to pin yourself to one of them. If you're trying to make up your mind between two of them, use both.

Q: My resource is cross-disciplinary.

A: You are welcome to apply more than one of these project boxes to your resource.

Q: Where should I put this on my page?

A: Probably either at the very top or the very bottom. It's really a question of your own taste. User boxes have traditionally been placed at the top of user pages, so if you can't decide, put your project boxes at the top as well.

Q: Can I combine these with other project boxes, such as educational-level project boxes and completion-status project boxes?

A: Yes. In fact, please do. This is the idea. The project boxes are designed to stack up in a matching group, and create a full metadata classification for your resource.

Q: I find these subject classifications too broad. Can I create a project box with a finer subject classification?

A: Yes. In fact, please do. This is the idea. When you list your project box for use, please ensure that the presentation on this page remains user-friendly. For example, if you create 20 project boxes for different sub-fields of particle physics, you may wish to create a sub-page on which to list them.

See also[edit]