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[Video] Wikisource is a free online library. It’s free because the texts that it hosts are free for everyone to use and its access is free of charge on the Internet.

[Audio: Wikimedia projects] Wikisource is hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation, which also hosts other projects, including the well-known Wikipedia.

[Audio: and] Wikisource multilingual portal is at, while the English-language collection is at

[Video] Wikisource is made by people like you. Anyone can create an account and start editing.

[Video] Wikisource has got a software extension which is used to make an e-book [image] from a scanned physical book [image]. Though, inserting texts without scans is still possible.


[Audio: policies] The English Wikisource community has approved a few policies, including the inclusion policy and the copyright policy.

[Audio: inclusion policy] The inclusion policy states that any work on Wikisource must come from a verifiable source: The scans are preferred. Translations from other languages are suitable, too.

[Video] Unpublished original contributions (with a few exceptions), current advertisements, anonymous texts with a doubtful copyright status, excerpts of larger works, evolving works, and mere reference material are not suitable for Wikisource.

[Audio: copyright policy] The copyright policy states that Wikisource content is released under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike license, which allows sharing, adaptation, and commercial use.

[Video] Thus you can only add works that are either in the public domain or under a license that grants these freedoms.

[Audio: public domain table] Public domain is determined by the United States law—all works published before 1923 are in the public domain.


[Audio:] The first step is uploading the scans to Wikimedia Commons. The preferred file format for scans is DjVu.

[Video] You don’t have to create another account there if you have already created one on Wikisource: Accounts can be used on all Wikimedia projects.

[Audio: page creation] The second step is creating the Index page on Wikisource. The Index page will show links to individual pages.

[Audio: page creation] The third step is proofreading the pages. Click a red page link, edit the text to match the original in spelling and formatting, and mark the page as proofread. Do the same for the other pages of the book.

[Audio: page creation] The last step is publishing the finished book. Click the title link and use the "pages" tag to transclude the book. If there are internal subdivisions (like chapters), transclude just the frontispiece, the preface, and the index; then create a subpage for each subdivision.

[Video] Adding a book may seem difficult, but don’t worry: Experienced users enjoy helping newcomers. Looking at already finished books is also helpful.


[Video] Works can be read online on either the desktop version or the mobile version of the site. The mobile version is the default for all mobile devices excluding tablets.

[Audio: sample page] If you click the "Printable version" link in the toolbox, you’ll get a page with the same content but no navigation links. Such page is ideal to be printed or downloaded as HTML.

[Audio: book creator, category] Another link in the toolbox allows to create collections of Wikisource pages, which can be downloaded in various file formats. You can save the collection you create to make it available to others in a specific category.

[Audio:] There is also an export tool for Wikisource on Wikimedia labs, but it’s still in development.


[Audio: main page] The site has a main page which includes the newly added texts, the current featured text, and the current collaborations. Fully proofread books can be added to the new texts, and fully validated ones can be featured text candidates.

[Video] Collaborations are a great way to start contributing: You can practice with the editing process without having to do everything yourself.

[Audio: sample author page] Wikisource has got several namespaces, including the "Author" namespace. An author page lists works written, translated, edited, or illustrated by a certain person. It may also list works about him or her.

[Audio: sample portals] Another namespace is for portals. A portal is usually related to a specific topic, but there are portals about associations and bodies of various kind, people who are not authors, and Wikisource processes.

[Audio: sample category, sample HotCat usage] Another namespace is for categories. A category groups items with a specific characteristic. Some categories are added to pages automatically; others need to be added manually, but it’s easy if you enable the HotCat gadget in your preferences.

[Video] Wikisource is a hypertextual library. When a text mentions another text or an author that is on Wikisource, it can be hyperlinked.

[Audio: sample page] There are also links to other Wikimedia projects and to other language editions of Wikisource.


[Video] The volunteer community is the lifeblood of Wikimedia projects. We are all peer fellows, but we entrust some administrators with specific service tasks like protecting or deleting some pages and blocking users who misbehave.

[Audio: Scriptorium, sample talk page] Decisions on Wikisource are made by consensus. We discuss a lot: The central discussion is at the Scriptorium, but every page has got a talk page to discuss improvements.

[Audio: community portal, help pages] The community portal is the central place where we find things we need to know and things we can do. Help pages document the whole project.

[Audio: sample user page, sample user talk page] Users have got user pages with their profile, and user talk pages where others can post messages for them.


[Video] Wikisource contributors help building one of the most reliable collections of free texts on the Internet. While there are a lot of online libraries, only few ones use scans, and even fewer ones make scans publicly available at any time.

[Video] If once you needed something and obtained it from the Internet for free, contributing useful things to the Internet is an expression of solidarity.

[Video] Wikisource has got a wide range of tasks to choose from, based on your aptitudes.



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