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Please help start a list of text that need to be proofread. Larger text are preferred because we hope to have a large group of people working on the text of the month. Here is a great place to start looking for text to be proofread.

List of suggested works not actioned[edit]


Little works requiring validation[edit]

Translations, not eligible for simple listing

New works of less than 30 pages to be added to QUEUED


it:Wikisource:Rilettura del mese/Testi brevi

A list of potential PotM candidates[edit]

On the transcription project, there is a good list of text that are ready to be proofread. That list is available here. This list continues to grow so it would be great if we could knock it down. --Mattwj2002 11:03, 5 August 2008 (UTC)

Calendar 2015[edit]

Month Work Category Status
January Index:Life Story of an Otter.djvu
Index:The Tales of a Traveller.djvu
Index:The Under-Ground Railroad.djvu
Quirky Yes check.svg completed
February Index:Kopal-Kundala.djvu
Index:A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Huebsch 1916).djvu
Fiction selected
March Index:Great Neapolitan Earthquake of 1857.djvu Historic events selected
April Poetry
May Geography (little known area)
June Natural History
July Anthropology
August Female author
September WS:RT
October Fiction
November Validation month Working on finishing proofread works

January 2015[edit]

Starting a list of possibles Beeswaxcandle (talk) 01:27, 14 December 2014 (UTC)

I'd favor The Museum, as I seldom see works on this topic anywhere. --EncycloPetey (talk) 01:40, 14 December 2014 (UTC)
I'd favor The Life story of an Otter -- WeeJeeVee (talk) 15:45, 15 December 2014 (UTC)
Let's start with the Otter and then move to The Museum. I'm reasonably confident we can get both done. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 20:12, 31 December 2014 (UTC)
LOL. At the rate we're starting off, Life Story of an Otter will be completed in just three days. --EncycloPetey (talk) 19:55, 1 January 2015 (UTC)
Is there a central page that makes it easy to tell who has worked on the source? WhatamIdoing (talk) 21:34, 2 January 2015 (UTC)
In the tools section on the left side of the page there is a link "related changes". Click that when you're on the Index and you'll see the last 50 edits. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 21:41, 2 January 2015 (UTC)
Some candidates (for validation)
Index:Kirby Muxloe Castle near Leicester (1917).djvu (for validation)
Index:St. Botolph's Priory, Colchester (1917).djvu (for validation)

ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 16:10, 16 December 2014 (UTC)

And one for proofread -

Index:Shore Line Electric Railway Predecessor Companies 1961.pdf

ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 11:27, 17 December 2014 (UTC)

In most months we're looking for new works to add rather than validate. The Shore Line Railway won't work because it's a pdf. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 20:12, 31 December 2014 (UTC)
But I added a text layer back in December precisely so it could be a PoTM if needed, Fair enough though.ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 13:04, 1 January 2015 (UTC)
The PotM templates assume djvu extensions. As we can always get an OCR'd djvu file by conversion, I think that this is a reasonable requirement. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 17:14, 1 January 2015 (UTC)
The source listed for "The Museum" notes - "Possible copyright status: The publication, and the images and texts within it, may be protected by copyright; use of such materials beyond fair use or other exceptions provided under applicable copyright law may violate the copyright laws of the United States and/or the laws of other countries. Permission from the appropriate copyright holder is required to publish or reproduce." Although I'm not sure why.. Best to consider an alternative until the status question is resolved by IA. ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 15:43, 1 January 2015 (UTC)
This is standard text for the digitising source library and puts the onus on the downloader to ensure legality before use. However, it was published in 1917 in New York, so meets the pre-1923 requirement for PD-old. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 17:14, 1 January 2015 (UTC)

Further possibilities, to follow after the current options:

--EncycloPetey (talk) 21:05, 1 January 2015 (UTC)

    • I'd rather do the "Child Life", but I may be in the minority. WhatamIdoing (talk) 21:34, 2 January 2015 (UTC)
The Bayonet Exercises work, needs a front sheet removing, otherwise I'd have already started on it 23:04, 2 January 2015 (UTC)
Index:Child-life in Japan and Japanese child stories (Ayrton, Matilida Chaplin. , 1901).djvu, and I've already made a start on this. ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 11:10, 3 January 2015 (UTC)
Index:The museum, (Jackson, Marget Talbot, 1917).djvuShakespeareFan00 (talk) 00:43, 4 January 2015 (UTC)
Child-life & The Museum are now already proofread, so will put them aside in the meantime. I've a couple of other works in the pipeline, that I'll post as they're needed. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 08:16, 7 January 2015 (UTC)

Other works if experiences contributors are interested (call it PoTM (Advanced level)[edit]

Index:The Rhind Mathematical Papyrus, Volume I.pdf - PDF- Needs OCR Cleanup and math experience.. ShakespeareFan00 (talk)

February 2015[edit]

As it is the month for fiction, I would like to propose the following list of translated Bengali works:

  1. Nil Durpan (socio-political drama)
  2. The Poison Tree (social novel)
  3. Durgesa Nandini (historical romance novel)

Hrishikes (talk) 03:09, 14 December 2014 (UTC)

These are already proofread and just need validation. Usually we're looking for a work to take from un-proofread through to completed. However, let's see what others think. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 09:30, 14 December 2014 (UTC)
In that case, let me propose Srikanta (Part 1); it does not have any complicated formatting, is easy to work with, and is also an interesting read. Alternative: Kapalkundala. If you require a work in a still earlier stage, i.e., not yet added here, then proposed: The King of the Dark Chamber(1, 2, 3) by Tagore, which has a Gutenberg version, so, easy to proofread. Hrishikes (talk) 09:52, 14 December 2014 (UTC)
I don't really want to do works that have already been proofread. I think those need to wait until next November or be used in a "validation swap" with another user. I think doing plays would be difficult for a PotM because every page would need formatting for the change in character and stage directions (which is a lot to ask for new-coming proofreaders). I would support the idea of Srikanta. Are there other parts of that work that haven't been uploaded, or at least other novels that we could use? We'd go through that work in about 5 days.—Zhaladshar (Talk) 14:08, 16 December 2014 (UTC)
Srikanta is a four-part novel; the first part is most famous, PD translations of the other 3 parts I could not find. Non-PD complete translation has been published by Penguin (1, 2, 3), but that's not for here. Secondly, this may not take much time, but this is easy, therefore ideal for PotM. For the time factor, I added an alternative, Kapalkundala. More works can be proposed by others, I think, if there's more time, after finishing these two, if agreed upon. Lastly, about your newbie theory. I am also new here, joined only a few months ago, and my first work here was a play (Nil Durpan). Hrishikes (talk) 14:53, 16 December 2014 (UTC)
Addendum: Proofreading completed for Kapalkundala. So nomination changed to Index:Kopal-Kundala.djvu. Therefore, as discussed above, current nominations from me are: 1. Srikanta Part 1 (info:w:Iti Srikanta), 2. Kopal-Kundala (info: w:Kapalkundala and w:Kapalkundala (1933 film)), 3. Index:The King of the Dark Chamber.djvu (info: w:Raja (play)). Hrishikes (talk) 15:46, 19 January 2015 (UTC)
As I've said elsewhere, it's a problem that these files do not include a text layer. We're now experiencing technical problems with the OCR button that's supposed to appear in the edit window. If we can't get that fixed, then without a text layer, these files will not be good choices for PotM. We were lucky that someone created OCR pages for Kopal-Kundala before the OCR went buggy. --EncycloPetey (talk) 16:50, 8 February 2015 (UTC)

I've noticed that we have no complete, sourced works by James Joyce. There are two transcription projects underway that could be used for part of this month, though I wouldn't put either at the top of the list for PotM—they're more filler for the end of the month as needed, as both have been started:

--EncycloPetey (talk) 21:01, 1 January 2015 (UTC)

March 2015[edit]

There is no category in this month, so lets take Index:Great Neapolitan Earthquake of 1857.djvu WeeJeeVee (talk) 15:40, 15 December 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg selected If it goes well, we could look at locating volume 2 and doing that too. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 03:41, 28 February 2015 (UTC)
  • Additionally proposed, if there is time:

#Index:Calcutta, Past and Present.djvu already done

  1. Index:Asoka - the Buddhist Emperor of India.djvu (series starter)
  2. Index:Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Vol 1.djvu (series starter)

Hrishikes (talk) 02:18, 17 December 2014 (UTC)

  • The first option has a flawed source file, so it isn't viable at this time. The third option would be too complicated for a PotM. Ideally, we want a selection simple enough that even newcomers could participate Formatting an academic journal volume is not likely to be a good choice. The last time we tried a highly technical volume we didn't come close to finishing it. The second selection is less than ideal in that it contains many transcriptions of Sanskrit words, which require careful attention to (and typing of) diacriticals unfamiliar to most English speakers outside of India. It might still be workable, but it will liekly be frustrating to many editors and will require an additional proofread by someone properly versed in recognizing which dots, dashes, and other little marks are missing. --EncycloPetey (talk) 03:37, 17 December 2014 (UTC)
  • addendum: The second and third options appear to be missing their text layer, so we wouldn't use them for PotM. All selections should have a text layer that shows up in the edit window. Without this, we would have many additional problems, especially in light of the aforementioned Sanskrit transcriptions. --EncycloPetey (talk) 03:48, 17 December 2014 (UTC)
Index:Calcutta, Past and Present.djvu was patched, and I re-checked the page list. ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 19:05, 12 January 2015 (UTC)

April 2015[edit]

  • Shelley's Queen Mab has been nominated before. This work may be ambitious for a PotM, but I thought I'd point out this early edition (1821) that pledged faithfulness to the original, while translating some of the Greek and French found in the notes. There is also this London edition from the same year. --EncycloPetey (talk) 20:54, 24 November 2014 (UTC)

May 2015[edit]

I am suggesting Burma by Herbert Thirkell White (transcription project). It was published as Volume 4 of the Provincial Geographies of India series edited by Thomas Henry Holland from the Cambridge University Press. We need more academic works and this may kick-start addition of the whole series to Wikisource. Solomon7968 (talk) 08:56, 18 December 2014 (UTC)

  • Prefer either the Greenland or Burma works mentioned above, based on the fact that to my eyes they deal with proportionally poorly covered areas in wikipedia, might be most easily used to improve that content, and our being able to show that our work can improve their content might be the best way to get new editors involved here. John Carter (talk) 18:51, 8 March 2015 (UTC)

June 2015[edit]

  • How to Know the Ferns (1899), by Frances Theodora Parsons. A classic book with some nice illustrations, and one of the first popular fern manuals published for North America (if not actually the first). At only 262 pages, this book might not last the whole month. If we choose it, then we should have another ready. It's really a shame we don't yet have any works by this author. --EncycloPetey (talk) 20:16, 24 November 2014 (UTC)
  • The North American sylva (1859), by François André Michaux. Contains many beautiful Illustrated, plates, most in color. 180 pages (260 imagecount pages) --Rochefoucauld (talk) 02:31, 15 December 2014 (UTC)
    At around 700 pages of botanical text, that might be too ambitious for PotM. What you've linked is only Volume III. --EncycloPetey (talk) 02:38, 15 December 2014 (UTC)
Didn't notice that...never mined than. --Rochefoucauld (talk) 03:37, 15 December 2014 (UTC)
But vol. 1 is here: at It has beautiful plates, indeed! Very good idea. Dick Bos (talk) 10:51, 17 December 2014 (UTC)
  • Another proposal: Index:Life Movements in Plants Vol 2.djvu. It is a classic of botany and biophysics, part of a body of works which proved that plants were living creatures because of having movements of life. Vol II has a Gutenberg version mentioned on the author page, which should make it easy to proofread. Hrishikes (talk) 09:56, 17 December 2014 (UTC)
  • My proposal: Index:The Gall Wasp Genus Cynips.pdf by Alfred Kinsey, a great and voluminous study of gall wasps. I started it last year and had it done for nearly a half, but it was the easier half, consisting mostly of text. The remaining half contains many tables and images, so there's a lot of hard work to do. Nonexyst (talk) 21:33, 6 March 2015 (UTC)

July 2015[edit]

  • Not sure whether this fits, but how about: Zhuang Zi, an ancient Chinese text that is one of the two foundational works of Taoism. The Giles translation is our only copy and it has not been proofread. The work consists of short stories, allegories, and anecdotes, so it would be easy for a new editor to edit a whole "chapter" in a short time. There is also not much text per page, and the font is large and friendly. The only wrinkle is the presence of a few breves (e.g., ŭ) and macrons in some of the transliterated names. --EncycloPetey (talk) 20:31, 24 November 2014 (UTC)
Is it a work on anthropology, as required for this month? Hrishikes (talk) 18:32, 7 March 2015 (UTC)
Yeah, more or less it is. It is broadly "cultural anthropology," because most all of the so-called "social sciences" can be called that. I could certainly go with this, and, maybe, if it finishes early, maybe adding some other texts from volumes 39 and 40 of the Sacred Books of the East, or maybe just those two books themselves, John Carter (talk) 15:41, 9 March 2015 (UTC)
I have added some more famous works: 1, 2, 3, 4. Hrishikes (talk) 08:38, 8 March 2015 (UTC)

August 2015[edit]

  • Out of Due Time (1906) by Josephine Ward (Mrs. Wilfrid Ward). Mrs. Ward "was a member of England's leading Roman Catholic family and wife of the Catholic author, Wilfrid Ward." The novel "reflects the impact of religious and theological controversy [and] the unfolding crisis of Roman Catholic Modernism." (Abstracts: Amer. Acad. of Religion Society of Biblical Literature 1992, p. 113.) Londonjackbooks (talk) 20:06, 24 November 2014 (UTC)
    Looks interesting, but why did you choose the odd capitalization for the work? --EncycloPetey (talk) 20:11, 24 November 2014 (UTC)
You mean "Out of Due Time" as opposed to "Out of due time"? Just titling habits... Lots of work with poems... Londonjackbooks (talk) 20:23, 24 November 2014 (UTC)

Another: Index:The Kādambarī of Bāṇa.djvu, seventh century Sanskrit novel, translated by Caroline Mary Ridding. Hrishikes (talk) 17:44, 7 March 2015 (UTC)

September 2015[edit]

October 2015[edit]

Proposed: Index:Panchatantra.djvu. It is w:Panchatantra (certainly the most frequently translated literary product of India, per Wikipedia) of w:Vishnu Sharma (one of the most widely translated non-religious authors in history, per Wikipedia), translated by Arthur William Ryder (whose work as a translator is probably the finest ever accomplished by an American, per Wikipedia). 1925 copyright, not renewed as per Stanford search. Hrishikes (talk) 16:57, 7 March 2015 (UTC)

December 2015[edit]

  • Proposed: Black's Law Dictionary (Second Edition). This is the last public domain version of this work, which continues to be the most widely used legal dictionary. Once completed, this work will serve as a cross-reference source for Wikipedia articles (demonstrating the historical meanings of the legal principles defined), and for Wikitionary entries. It is lengthy, and probably not doable by an editor working alone. Wiktionarians can be recruited to help. BD2412 T 18:31, 17 March 2015 (UTC)
Good choice for the reasons above. John Carter (talk) 16:17, 19 March 2015 (UTC)
While I agree that this is an important work, the great length and the quantity of technical text squeezed onto each page make this a poor choice for monthly collaboration. Especially so in December, which is usually a slower month for member activity in PotM. --EncycloPetey (talk) 02:04, 20 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Not a good choice for PotM. The style complexities would make it difficult to keep consistent across multiple editors. Also works requiring complex LST don't work well on PotM. This would be better as a WikiProject where consistency of style and transclusion can be ensured. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 04:56, 20 March 2015 (UTC)

Books parked for consideration[edit]

Noting the list at the top of the page too
  • Amusements in Mathematics by Henry Ernest Dudeny. In an effort to find some popular public domain publications for inclusion here at WS, I found that the HTML version of this book is the most-downloaded text at the Internet Archive. Plus, someone has already gone to the trouble of extracting and cleaning the images [1]. There is a tiny amount of text cut off on pages 63-64, but the missing letters can be determined from context and from the HTML version --Eliyak T·C 22:52, 20 April 2012 (UTC)
(a) It's a key work of a great English writer;
(b) Johnson's text will be fun to read;
(c) It will add biographies of several writers.
(a) It's in multiple volumes, so we might have to start with just the first one and see what transpires;
(b) There will be many uses of long-s and the like;
(c) We may not be able to get a first edition to work from, and I'm not sure that I could find a complete set of a single edition in IA.

Would a work of this sort ever be a good selection for PotM, and why or why not? --EncycloPetey (talk) 03:12, 15 October 2012 (UTC)

EncycloPetey, I think the idea of finishing "abandoned books" is a very good idea. I am working on two of them now. If we all did this together we could finish them up quick and add them to our library here. THESE should be "Proofreads of the Month" instead of finding more before we have finished these sitting here.. —Maury (talk) 21:03, 10 January 2014 (UTC)

Suggestion for Proofreads of the Month[edit]

Suggestion for Proofreads of the Month

I often see a banner that states: There are no works on Wikisource by this author. If you'd like to add a new text, please review Help:Adding texts. The 2nd one that I saw today was about a "British Naval surgeon, zoologist and palaeontologist." Why not consider placing at least one work of these Authors that have no works on en.WS? In this particular situation I came here to present this idea and this author, I read about this fellow when reading and marking "validated" in a work done by Billinghurst. I found a new work unlisted on an author page, via also a Billinghurst mention and a link Billinghurst left in his text that showed me a very good book to add. That was sometime yesterday and I don't recall the details as I type this but I can find it.

Back to the former, this way we can fill in some blanks where we have "Authors", and this particular fellow has an excellent article on en.WPedia plus there is a photograph to add to a completed-looking work. I do not believe we should have "Authors" without an authored works when we can change that situation by adding them as a proofread of the month. Kindest regards to all and a Happy November 2nd. Maury ( —William Maury Morris IITalk 11:45, 2 November 2012 (UTC)

Author:John Lloyd Stephens (listed on en WS)[edit]

Author:John Lloyd Stephens wrote several grand books and they are illustrated. Let us choose something a bit more exciting lest we have an *another* unfinished work. —Maury (talk) 18:40, 29 April 2013 (UTC)

Queen Mab, if there is an opening[edit]

I know we've passed poetry month but if there is an opening later in 2013, I think Queen Mab by Percy Bysshe Shelley might be appropriate. I've been working on a list of upcoming anniversaries and noticed both that we don't have any copy of this work at all and that this year is the 200th anniversary of its first publication. I haven't found an 1813 version online yet but this is an 1821 edition (which therefore may be one of the leftover 1813 editions: the work was illegally repackaged and reprinted in 1821, which was the first public, mass-market edition). - AdamBMorgan (talk) 17:37, 18 May 2013 (UTC)

The Book of the Homeless[edit]

The Book of the Homeless (index) was put together by American novelist Edith Wharton to raise money for homeless World War I refugees. She collected material from many of the best writers, artists and musicians of her time: Sarah Bernhardt, Rupert Brooke, Joseph Conrad, John Galsworthy, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, Igor Stravinsky, William Butler Yeats, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Auguste Rodin, and so on. Also Theodore Roosevelt.

I have got what I wanted out of this — a Henry James essay not available elsewhere — and won't be finishing it off. But it struck me that this is an interesting short work that is likely to provide challenges to a broad cross-section of us: there's prose and poetry to be transcribed, including some in French, many images to be restored, and several musical scores to be transcribed.

In short, if you guys are ever looking for an interesting and challenging short work to proof, I commend this one to you.

Hesperian 03:04, 18 June 2013 (UTC)

Good candidate for our January quirky books month. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 03:12, 18 June 2013 (UTC)
Hesperian & Beeswaxcandle, 11 November 1918 is when World War I. ended and therefore it could be a good book for that same month of November 2013. Kindest regards, —Maury (talk) 03:35, 18 June 2013 (UTC)
It could certainly be a good book for November. However, isn't November a validation month? An alternative could be to keep it for January, as Beeswaxcandle said, or maybe for August (double purpose: Wharton died in August, and a book by a female author is required. —Clockery Fairfield (talk·contribs) 11:08, 18 June 2013 (UTC)

2015 update: This book is nearly proofread though, as only a few images and pages remain to be done. Then, the book can be included as a November selection for validation (if it isn't validation before that time). --EncycloPetey (talk) 21:42, 2 January 2015 (UTC)

The Tale of Old Mortality[edit]

We don't have Walter Scott's The Tale of Old Mortality, which shocked me. Actually, we have very few works by him at all, despite his stature as an English writer, but The Tale of Old Mortality (or simply Old Mortality) is considered one of his best novels, and is a pretty high-profile English novel for us to be missing. --EncycloPetey (talk) 17:39, 10 July 2013 (UTC)

EncycloPetey, what is the url for the version you have found? I wish to look at it. —Maury (talk) 22:16, 10 July 2013 (UTC)
Well, to clarify first off (if you didn't know), Old Mortality is one in a series of loosely associated novels collected under the title Tales of My Landlord, though each is an independent story and novel. Of the first four volumes that make up "series 1", volumes 2 through 4 are Old Mortality (volume 1 is a separate story entitled The Black Dwarf). So, here then are the first edition (1816) volumes: Vol. II, Vol. III, Vol. IV. --EncycloPetey (talk) 00:57, 11 July 2013 (UTC)

A dictionary of the Book of Mormon[edit]

I would like to nominate Index:A dictionary of the Book of Mormon.pdf. So far as I can tell, it is one of the few available "reference" type works on the Book of Mormon, thus making it one of the few available which give easier access to that work. John Carter (talk) 15:40, 5 July 2014 (UTC)

From a technical persepective, a better scan would be needed. The Google scans from that period are quite bad. It also needs to be in DjVu format. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 23:31, 5 July 2014 (UTC)
See IA for the .DjVu if still interested. I just replaced the PDF from there onto Commons and the quality is far better now. -- George Orwell III (talk) 07:46, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
It really isn't that long a work, and I could probably do the proofread solo if need be. Unfortunately, I'm enough of a tech illiterate that I've never really uploaded anything properly. John Carter (talk) 19:41, 8 July 2014 (UTC)
Perhaps you could email the text to a volunteer who would upload it. Oh, I am not that volunteer, just an idea girl passing by for other purposes (see new section below)! Hope this helps, Geekdiva (talk) 09:32, 24 July 2014 (UTC)