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Monthly Challenge

July 2021

Welcome to the Monthly Challenge!

  • Each month, the challenge aims to proofread and validate several texts.
  • It provides a safe space for new users to learn about Wikisource.
  • The texts are featured for a maximum of three months with a few exceptions.
  • The challenge builds Wikisource's core collection and makes free, scan-backed ebooks accessible to everyone.

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  • Pages processed: 3122
    • (156% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 1521
  • Pages validated: 1145
  • Pages processed: 2051
    • (102% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 1013
  • Pages validated: 936
  • Pages processed: 1964
    • (98% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 1236
  • Pages validated: 648
  • Pages processed: 1701
    • (85% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 1136
  • Pages validated: 507
  • Pages processed: 2606
    • (130% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 1564
  • Pages validated: 891
  • Pages processed: 3672
    • (183% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 2374
  • Pages validated: 1129
  • Pages processed: 6079
    • (303% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 3607
  • Pages validated: 2275
  • Pages processed: 7056
    • (352% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 3970
  • Pages validated: 2864
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July 2021[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.


  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. For oldstyle numbers use {{oldstyle}}.
  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 proofread (new works this month)

Shen of the Sea Arthur Bowie Chrisman (Celebrating the Public Domain, China) USA 1925

To proofread (works added 1 month ago)
Women Writers

Mrs. Dalloway Virginia Woolf (Celebrating the Public Domain, Novels, Women Writers) UK 1925

The Mysterious Island (Part 2) Jules Verne (Novels, Adventure) France 1911

A Passage to India E. M. Forster (Celebrating the Public Domain, Novels) UK 1924

What I saw in America G. K. Chesterton (Travelogue, African-Americans) UK 1922

When we were very young A. A. Milne (Celebrating the Public Domain, Children's Books) UK 1924

The Works of H.G. Wells (Volume 2) H. G. Wells (Science Fiction, Novels, Celebrating the Public Domain) UK 1924

To proofread (works added 2 months ago)

Anna Karenina Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (Russian Literature, Novels) Russia 1904

Clarissa (Volume 1) Samuel Richardson (Eighteenth Century, Novels) UK 1748

The New Negro Alain Locke (Celebrating the Public Domain, Black Writers, African-Americans) USA 1925

Paradise Lost John Milton (Seventeenth Century, Poetry) England 1666

Women Writers

Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe (Slavery in the USA, Novels, Women Writers, African-Americans) USA 1852

Women Writers

The Wanderer Fanny Burney (Novels, Women Writers) UK 1814

To validate (new works this month)
To validate (works added 1 month ago)

Common Sense Thomas Paine (Eighteenth Century, American Revolution) USA 1776

Women Writers

Sense and Sensibility (Volume 3) Jane Austen (Novels, Women Writers) UK 1811

To validate (works added 2 months ago)

Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Russian Fiction, Novels) Russia 1917

Women Writers

Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë (Novels, Women Writers) UK 1847

The Librarian's Copyright Companion James S. Heller, Paul Hellyer and Benjamin J. Keele (Legal Text, Celebrating the Public Domain) USA 2012

Paradise Lost (Manuscript) John Milton (Seventeenth Century, Poetry) England 1665

The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde (LGBTQ+, Novels) UK 1890

Sons and Lovers D. H. Lawrence (British Literature, Novels) UK 1913

Ulysses James Joyce (Irish Literature, Novels) Ireland 1922

The Works of H.G. Wells (Volume 1) H. G. Wells (Science Fiction, Novels, Celebrating the Public Domain) UK 1924

Completed works

A Daughter of the Samurai Etsu Inagaki Sugimoto (Celebrating the Public Domain, Biography, Women Writers) Japan 1925


Orley Farm (Volume 2) Anthony Trollope (Victorian Serial) UK 1861