Help:Beginner's guide to Wikisource

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Beginner's guide to Wikisource

The introduction and contents page for a linked series of help pages aimed at new users.

The "Beginner's Guide" series of help pages is an entry level guide for new and inexperienced users of Wikisource. The intent is to provide users with the basics they will need to use Wikisource. These pages should:

  1. Present basic concepts in simple language with frequent images and diagrams,
  2. Include links to further help or policy pages to explain specific subjects in greater detail.


Painting of a woman reading a book to child.

Reading is the main point of Wikisource. This part of the Basic Guide will show you how to enhance your experience of reading works hosted by Wikisource.

  • Navigation
    How to find your way around the Wikisource library.
  • Reliability
    How to check if the work you are reading is a reliable copy.


A painting of a man in a powdered wig writing at a desk.

Editing creates the Wikisource library. This part of the Beginner's Guide will show you how to help add works to Wikisource for others to read.

Note: If you are unsure about the sourcing and index page creation elements of Wikisource, you can skip to proofreading with already started works such as the current Proofread of the Month.



Wikisource always needs maintenance to keep it working and make sure that its works are in the best condition possible. This part of the Beginner's Guide will show you how to maintain the project.

  • Maintenance
    Things that often need work and how to do it.
  • Deletion
    How and why works are deleted.