Within Wikipedia, '''notability''' is an inclusion criterion based on encyclopedic suitability of a topic for a Wikipedia article. The topic of an article should be notable, or "worthy of notice." Notability is distinct from "fame," "importance," or "popularity," although these may positively [[correlation|correlate]] with it. A topic is presumed to be sufficiently notable to merit an article if it meets the general notability guidelines below, or if it meets an accepted subject-specific standard listed in the table at the right. If an article currently does not cite reliable secondary sources, that does not necessarily mean that its topic is not notable.
These notability guidelines only pertain to the encyclopedic suitability of '''topics''' for articles but do not directly limit the content of articles. Relevant content policies include: [[Wikipedia:Neutral point of view|Neutral point of view]], [[Wikipedia:Verifiability|Verifiability]], [[Wikipedia:No original research|No original research]], [[Wikipedia:What Wikipedia is not|What Wikipedia is not]], and [[Wikipedia:Biographies of living persons|Biographies of living persons]].
== General notability guideline ==