Wikisource:Community collaboration/Monthly Challenge/January 2022

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Monthly Challenge

January 2022

  • Each month, the Wikisource community selects a few texts to proofread and validate.
  • The texts are featured for a maximum of three months with a few exceptions.
  • The challenge builds Wikisource's core collection and helps introduce new users to Wikisource.
  • Wikisource seeks to make free, scan-backed ebooks accessible to everyone.
  • Pages processed: ~5448
    • (~272% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 3532
  • Pages validated: 1587

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January 2022[edit]


Welcome to this month's challenge. For a general overview of proofreading at Wikisource, see Help:Beginner's guide to proofreading. The challenge has a few special guidelines and tips for new users.

Guidelines, tips and information


  1. If you've worked on a page, but don't have time to finish, please save your work as Not Proofread.
  2. If you encounter a difficulty such as a table, missing image, or a different alphabet, please mark the page as Problematic and an experienced editor will review it.
  3. Once you have finished proofreading a page, make sure to mark it as Proofread.
  4. Validation requires a careful checking of the proofread text to make sure that the formatting and spelling match the original. Be sure to read and follow the guidelines in Help:Beginner's guide to validation. Once you finish validating a page, mark it as Validated.
    • Do not use spell-check to validate, as many older works use non-standard spellings. Even if there is a mistake in the original, transcribe it as-is.
  5. Do not remove curly quotes.


  1. Many books published before 1820 feature a long s (ſ). Replace those with {{ls}} to yield s (its appearance is changed by the Visibility gadget).
  2. At the start of a poem, put <poem> and place a </poem> at the end. Separate verses with a blank line.
  3. Mark the spot where an image should go with {{missing image}}, a table with {{missing table}} and other alphabets with {{Language characters}}.
  4. Add a blank line between each paragraph.
  5. If a word is divided across two pages: proofread the part on the first page as {{hws|text|complete word}} and the part on the second page as {{hwe|text|complete word}}. For example, {{hws|hel|hello}} and {{hwe|lo|hello}} will yield hello when transcluded.
  6. For images, use the following format:
{{img float
 | file = name of the image file
 | cap = The caption
 | align = left/center/right
 | alt = A description for those with different visual abilities.
 | width = How wide the image is: e.g. 500px
For more information, see {{img float}}.

Difficulty Levels[edit]

  1. Easy – These works have good OCR and have simple formatting consisting mainly of font sizes, bold, italics, centering, and a Table of Contents.
  2. Average – These works have references and indexes in addition to the formatting of Easy texts. In addition, there language tends to be more academic or contain dialectical English.
  3. Last Bits – This category could use a better name, but the idea is that this is an Index that has mostly been proofread, but a few more challenging pages remain.
  4. Second Glance - This category is for works that appears to have been proofread once, but require a careful look to make sure that the text matches the scan.
  5. Formatting – This category is for Indexes imported from another site that also does proofread, but wishes not to be named. They are fully proofread, but require checking to make sure that all the formatting is there. All pages will require the addition of header and footers. However, most pages will require no other work.
  6. Transclusion – These works have been fully proofread, but remain untranscluded. They are a great place for a user to learn about transclusion and reduce the backlog.

Challenge texts[edit]

To fix
Annual report of the missionary to the Negroes of Liberty County, (Ga.).djvu
Das Kapital (Moore, 1906).pdf

Das Kapital Karl Marx (Transclusion) UK 1906

ISC Russia Report.pdf

ISC Russia Report Portal:Parliament of the United Kingdom (Government Documents, Requested Texts) UK 2020

Under 50 pages: to proofread
To proofread (new works this month)
The Beasts of Tarzan.djvu

The Beasts of Tarzan Edgar Rice Burroughs (Adventure, Requested Texts) USA 1916

The history of Witchcraft and demonology.djvu

The History of Witchcraft and Demonology Montague Summers (Requested Texts, Celebrating the Public Domain) UK 1926

Imperialism (Lenin).djvu

Imperialism Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (Celebrating the Public Domain, Requested Texts) USSR 1926

The Incredulity of Father Brown.pdf

The Incredulity of Father Brown G. K. Chesterton (Celebrating the Public Domain) UK 1926

The Strand Magazine (Volume 70).djvu

The Land of Mist Arthur Conan Doyle (Novels, Requested Texts, Celebrating the Public Domain) UK 1925

Murder of Roger Ackroyd - 1926.djvu

Murder of Roger Ackroyd Agatha Christie (Celebrating the Public Domain) USA 1926

Notes on democracy - 1926.djvu

Notes on Democracy H. L. Mencken (Celebrating the Public Domain) USA 1926

The plumed serpent - 1926.djvu

The Plumed Serpent D.H. Lawrence (Celebrating the Public Domain) UK 1926

The Seven Pillars of Wisdom.pdf

The Seven Pillars of Wisdom Thomas Edward Lawrence (Celebrating the Public Domain) UK 1926

Show boat - 1926.djvu

Show Boat Edna Ferber (Celebrating the Public Domain) USA 1926

Soldiers' pay - 1926.djvu

Soldiers' Pay William Faulkner (Celebrating the Public Domain) USA 1926

The sun also rises - Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961.pdf

The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway (Celebrating the Public Domain) USA 1926

Those Barren Leaves - Huxley - 1925.djvu

Those Barren Leaves Aldous Huxley (Celebrating the Public Domain) UK 1925

The Torrents of Spring - Ernest Hemingway (1987 reprint).pdf

The Torrents Of Spring Ernest Hemingway (Celebrating the Public Domain) USA 1926

Evgenii Zamyatin - We (Zilboorg translation).pdf

We Yevgeny Zamyatin (Novels, Requested Texts, Celebrating the Public Domain) Ukraine 1924

Winnie-the-Pooh (1961).pdf

Winnie-the-Pooh Alan Alexander Milne (Celebrating the Public Domain) UK 1926

Under 50 pages: to validate
Sand and foam - 1928.djvu

Sand and Foam Kahlil Gibran (Celebrating the Public Domain) USA 1926

To validate (new works this month)
Historic highways of America (Volume 2).djvu

Indian Thoroughfares Archer Butler Hulbert (Native American History) USA 1902

Margaret Fuller by Howe, Julia Ward, Ed. (1883).djvu

Margaret Fuller Julia Ward Howe (Transclusion) UK 1883

My mortal enemy - 1926.djvu

My Mortal Enemy Willa Cather (Celebrating the Public Domain) USA 1926

Ralcy H. Bell - The Mystery of Words (1924).pdf

The Mystery of Words Ralcy H. Bell (Transclusion) UK 1924

Karl Marx - Wage Labor and Capital - tr. J. L. Joynes (1900).pdf

Wage Labor and Capital Karl Marx (Transclusion) UK 1900

Woman in Art.djvu

Woman in Art Geneva Armstrong (Transclusion) UK 1900

To validate (works added 2 months ago)
The American Novel - Carl Van Doren.djvu

The American Novel Carl Van Doren (Literary Criticism, Easy) USA 1921

W. E. B. Du Bois - The Gift of Black Folk.pdf

The Gift of Black Folk W. E. B. Du Bois (African American History, Last Bits) USA 1924

The Secret Garden.djvu

The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett (Children's Fiction, Second Glance) USA 1911

Shirley (1849 Volume 2).djvu

Shirley (Volume 2) Charlotte Brontë (Women Writers) UK 1849

Shirley (1849 Volume 3).djvu

Shirley (Volume 3) Charlotte Brontë (Women Writers) UK 1849

The Works of H G Wells Volume 4.pdf

The Works of H.G. Wells (Volume 4) H. G. Wells (Science Fiction, Novels, Celebrating the Public Domain) UK 1924

Completed works