User:Doug/Adding texts

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Help: Adding texts
One of a series of quick guides: General introduction - Reading - Editing - Adding new texts - Adding images - Other help

Please review the other help pages above before adding new texts.

Adding a new text[edit]

Points to consider before posting[edit]

Before adding a new text, please make sure to read the following guidelines.

Basic procedure[edit]

Fully integrating works into Wikisource can be a very complicated process. We don't expect new users to learn the ins and outs of doing this before submitting texts. However, there is a basic procedure that should be followed when adding any texts.

  1. Check that Wikisource doesn't already have the work by searching for it: (1) using the search box which is on every page. A drop down list of titles will match the characters as typed. (2) on the author's page, which should list their works. (3) performing an advanced search on the title, author, or a short phrase from the text. A Wikisource-specific search using an external engine, eg. Google search
  2. If Wikisource doesn't seem to have the work, type the title in the Wikisource search box at left, click 'Go', and click the 'edit' link at the top to create the page. (Remember to check the Style guide for title and formatting conventions.)
  3. At the top of the page, add the {{header}} template (see the documentation for usage). Fill in any information you know, leaving any unknown or inapplicable information blank. Do not remove any lines. Add "{{new text}}" below the header unless you're confident you can follow the advanced procedure below.
  4. Add the text below this and format as desired.
  5. Add an appropriate copyright template at the bottom, selected from Help:Copyright tags. If it is a translation with a copyright status different from the original, note both with {{translation license}}; for example:
    {{translation license|original={{PD-old}}|translation={{PD-1923}}}}
  6. Preview your work, then save.

An alternative set of instructions can be found at a Beginner's how-to for DjVu uploading

Advanced procedure[edit]

We don't expect new users to follow this procedure, as it can be somewhat complicated. If you correctly follow the basic procedure above, a more experienced user will do the rest. (Of course, you're welcome to do these steps too.)

  1. Make sure that the {{header}} is used correctly. Unless the author should not have an author page (for standalone works, national anthems, et cetera), make sure that the author page exists. If it doesn't, check if it exists under a different name. If you find no existing author page, create it using the {{author}} template.
  2. Adding headers to subpages is very easy with the Header preloading script gadget. Check your preferences to be sure that it is enabled.
  3. Make sure that the authors are listed at Wikisource:Authors (add them if they're not).
  4. List the work on the relevant index.
  5. Categorize the work (see Help:Categorization).
  6. Place a text information template on the document's discussion page and start to fill in the details.
  7. If the page is very large, split the content into sections such as chapters, acts, et cetera (see the style guide).
  8. Edit the document for accuracy, adding the syntax for bolds and italics. Use the edit bar at the bottom of the edit page to add special characters if needed.
  9. Update the details on the talk page as you proceed.

Create a new page[edit]

See also[edit]

  • [[Help:Beginner's guide to Index: files]