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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]


Short works requiring validation[edit]

Have problematic pages

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


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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)

My person opinion, If people keep bringing in projects (and I have seen it) then they should do a good part of the editing. Some, whoever they are, bring in works for others to do and the work-load adds up. Too, if the texts are brought in and left for others, then others may not like the topic so the work load keeps building up. It would be nice to know [who] likes what to work on. *I* like history and specifically illustrated history* but not children’s books or poems. I have several more volumes to do and more I want to do after that. This way I work on what I brought in, or have another bring in because he/they like the same kind of work. --Maury (talk) 01:33, 1 December 2016 (UTC)

Calendar 2018[edit]


Month Work Category Status
January Index:Language of the Eye.djvu
Index:The Milestones and the Old Post Road.djvu
Index:The Sclavonic Provinces of the Ottoman Empire.djvu
Index:Treatise on Cultivation of the Potato.djvu
Quirky Yes check.svg completed
February Index:Cyclopedia of Painting-Armstrong, George D (1908).djvu Fine arts Yes check.svg completed
March Index:Vindication Women's Rights (Wollstonecraft).djvu Wikipedia:WikiWomen's History Month / Woman author selected
April Poetry / Drama
May Geography (North Africa?)
June Biography
July Fiction: Novel (Early 20th Century)
August Anthropology, Mythology, or Religion
September WS:RT
October Natural History
November The end of the Great War
December Fiction: Short story collections

January 2018[edit]

Task A[edit]

  • The Language of the Eye: The importance and dignity of the eye as indicative of general character, female beauty, and manly genius (1856) by Author:Joseph Turnley (External scan) "Untechnical" relatively short work (90pp) with some illustration and poetry. Londonjackbooks (talk) 18:45, 2 March 2017 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support, an excellent eye-dea. —Beleg Tâl (talk) 18:46, 2 March 2017 (UTC)
I don't know... Validating chapter 8—pretty sappy indeed, imo. Let's get this one done and move on to the next quirky work ;) Londonjackbooks (talk) 00:29, 15 January 2018 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support --Siddhant (talk) 03:53, 28 December 2017 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Automatically Selected Albert Micah Hang (talk) 21:59, 31 December 2017 (UTC)

Task B[edit]

Other possibilities:

  • The Milestones and the Old Post Road [1] 20 pp (Book A) Yes check.svg selected
  • Old Castles [2] 92 pp (left over from Jan 17) (Book B)
  • Symbol neutral vote.svg Neutral This book have a lot of text, but there are still some decoration pictures in the text that should be handled if selected. Albert Micah Hang (talk) 18:54, 1 January 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg SupportBeleg Tâl (talk) 22:48, 1 January 2018 (UTC)
  • A Treatise on the Cultivation of the Potato [3] 72 pp (Book C) Yes check.svg selected
  • Symbol neutral vote.svg Neutral This book have a lot of text, but it contains 1 table. I vote "neutral" on this one. Albert Micah Hang (talk) 18:54, 1 January 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg SupportBeleg Tâl (talk) 22:48, 1 January 2018 (UTC)
  • Analysis of the Organization of the Prussian Army [4] 92 pp (Book D)
  • The Sclavonic Provinces of the Ottoman Empire [5] 28 pp (Book E) Yes check.svg selected

February 2018[edit]

Option A[edit]

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Dolliver Romance, Fanshawe, and Septimus Felton (External scan)
    Currently, we have neither Dolliver, which was unfinished at the time of Hawthorne's death, nor Septimus, which was discovered and published posthumously. Our copy of Fanshawe is not backed by a scan, though we do have it. --EncycloPetey (talk) 04:09, 19 September 2017 (UTC)

Option B[edit]

Option C[edit]

  • Cyclopedia of Painting by George D. Armstrong (1908). This is a book of applied arts rather than fine arts. It does cover the painting of landscapes and such, but also the painting of houses and practical matters of all forms of painting. --EncycloPetey (talk) 22:53, 6 December 2017 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support --Siddhant (talk) 09:17, 4 January 2018 (UTC)

Selected Cyclopedia of Painting as the first work. If got through relatively quickly, then we could make a start on Moslem Architecture (which looks quite interesting). Beeswaxcandle (talk) 07:05, 31 January 2018 (UTC)

March 2018[edit]

Option A[edit]

Umm... That series is already the Community Collaboration. The books don't need to be handled in two separate front-page collaborative projects at the same time, surely? --EncycloPetey (talk) 01:13, 25 October 2017 (UTC)
there is 20 books to pick from. those that i don’t do before then can fill the time. unsigned comment by Slowking4 (talk) .
Being selfish, I would just like to note that I am not merely proofreading Pennell's contribution, but am also reading it as I go along. Anyone is free to help, of course, but as there are many others to be worked on, I would like to all but claim this one. Trying to do a chapter a day. Londonjackbooks (talk) 02:49, 25 October 2017 (UTC)
I have just set up the one for Emily Brontë. But again, these will likely all be proofread long before March, and are already part of a different collaboration project. We should pick something for MArch PotM that isn't already being done. --EncycloPetey (talk) 03:21, 25 October 2017 (UTC)
at the rate of 2 per month, there will be 10 left to do. but if you have a better work, i am all ears. Slowking4SvG's revenge 16:11, 25 October 2017 (UTC)

Option B[edit]

We have none of the brilliant essays on literature, philosophy, and religion by George Eliot (Marian Evans):

--EncycloPetey (talk) 20:21, 25 October 2017 (UTC)

Option C[edit]

Option D[edit]

April 2018[edit]


May 2018[edit]

Option A[edit]

  • Perhaps Vols. I & II of George Kennan's Siberia and the Exile System (1891) V1 V2 In 1884, the editor of The Century Magazine suggested Kennan go to Siberia and give the results of his work to the magazine. The 2-vol. set is a compilation of the fruit of Kennan's observations. Numerous pictures, maps, etc. History, geography, etc. of a then-"terra incognita". Londonjackbooks (talk) 02:49, 19 September 2017 (UTC)
Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose I'm afraid if we can finish these 2 huge volumes within one month or not because they have so many pictures and maps within each volume (in the text or at individual pages). Albert Micah Hang (talk) 21:47, 29 December 2017 (UTC)

Option B[edit]

  • Perhaps A Motor-Flight through France (1908) [6] by American author Edith Wharton. We have none of her travel literature, for which she was known, and this is a view of France in the early 20th century, before the devastation of two World Wars. It includes nearly 50 illustrations, most (all?) photographs. --EncycloPetey (talk) 00:01, 3 December 2017 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support An excellent idea. Albert Micah Hang (talk) 17:27, 30 December 2017 (UTC)

Option C[edit]

June 2018[edit]

Option A[edit]

July 2018[edit]

Option A[edit]

P.S. I should say why: On of Canada’s most famous early authors, and known for his humour. It seems like that might help make this more fun to do, then a dry source text? On the other hand, no images. —Canageek (talk) 22:16, 6 December 2017 (UTC)

Option B[edit]

  • Either of these early novels by Edith Wharton would be nice. She was a Pulitzer prize winner (the 100th anniversary of which is coming up), but we are missing lots of her works, and I can't find many of them in on-line catalogs either: VIAF, BnF, GND, and LoC are sadly short of her works, so having them here would contribute to the diversity of the entire web and not just Wikisource. --EncycloPetey (talk) 22:37, 6 December 2017 (UTC)
    The Fruit of the Tree (1907) (External scan)
    The Marne (1918) (External scan)
Symbol support vote.svg Support I think The Marne is the best option for July because it is short enough for us to finish in one month and it corresponds to the topic of "Early 20th century novel". But I'm a little bit afraid that The Fruit of the Tree is so long for us to finish. Albert Micah Hang (talk) 17:23, 30 December 2017 (UTC)

Option C[edit]

  • Wuthering Heights.
    This July is Emily Brontë's 200th birthday, but we have only an unsourced edition of her masterpiece Wuthering Heights.
    There is a transcription project started for the 1st edition: (Volume 1 transcription project, Volume 2 transcription project)
    Note first that although there are many pages over two volumes, there is very little text per page and little formatting to be done, and second that this edition was published by T. C. Newby, who is renowned for poorly supervising the printing and correction of the novels that he published. This edition is no exception; it contains many errors. So we will need to make liberal use of {{SIC}}. --EncycloPetey (talk) 19:16, 28 December 2017 (UTC)

August 2018[edit]

Option A[edit]

Option B[edit]

December 2018[edit]

Option A[edit]

  • Tales of To-day and Other Days, translated from the French (1891) (External scan)
    A collection of 10 short stories by 9 French authors, many of who have little or no representation on Wikisource at present. --EncycloPetey (talk) 05:21, 13 January 2018 (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 [10]. 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, et al, we could take one or more per month not as PoM but as something yet to be finished every month starting with the easiest and shortest texts that are not complicated to work on. For that we should have a different kind of an award, perhaps the only the image of "The Thinker" to be used. I like collecting the awards, it shows achievements as well as the dates show the years we are here working and the icon shows our work - again using only something like "The Thinker. It separates everything from PoM. It is an obvious aside from PoM. Poms are often slow anyhow so that gives us time and the PoM’s often also, well…..I dislike this word but to convey the idea, often SUCK and are boring chosen by a few, so I typically, these days, only do one or a few pages in them. I am working on 9 thick and illustrated volumes of Cassell’s Illustrated London but I would step aside and do pages on "The Thinker" (or any other icon but the same icon to stand out, each time so as not to get it mixed up with PoM. and I would expect an award for working on those extra "abandoned books" books. Something along these lines of thought. Feel free to modify. —Maury (talk) 17:38, 21 December 2016 (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)
Maybe creating some sort of WikiProject regarding these abandoned or unfinished texts might be a way to get more attention to them? That project could then be listed as the existing community collaboration. Having said that, I think it might be a good idea. John Carter (talk) 16:50, 21 December 2016 (UTC)
John Carter (have you met any Terminators yet?) I figure the "abandoned books" have to have an attraction and many people like earning awards - especially "Special Awards", ["build it and they will come";] use that and they will come. —Maury (talk) 17:38, 21 December 2016 (UTC)
I think you meant John Connor there. :) Having said that, is there any sort of page indicating the "progress bar" or similar out on the various indexes which have been started to date? Also, maybe, having something on the community portal listing the number of completed indexes might help too. And, of course, like you said, some sort of "award" or w: Wikipedia:Barnstar available for such might be useful. Do we have any such yet here? John Carter (talk) 18:15, 21 December 2016 (UTC)
@John Carter:(gone to Mars yet?) I think this is a great idea. I'd participate even without a reward. Is it started yet(speaking of John Carter, are the books on him on wikisource)? JustinCB (talk) 00:20, 18 January 2018 (UTC)
I think those in the public domain are but not all are PD yet. So far as I know though the bot generating progress bars doesn't exist yet. I hope those were the answers you sought.John Carter (talk) 00:25, 18 January 2018 (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)

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)

Proposal of Proofreading Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal Series in 2019[edit]

Currently, I'm not enrolled in the Proofread of the Month project, but I noticed the Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal series is currently not even proofread, and it consists of a large number of pages to work on. I've proofread some of the content, but I think this should be done with others. (Link of Volume 29 of the series, which I currently am working on) Albert Micah Hang (talk) 23:20, 27 December 2017 (UTC)

Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment That's a lot to do in a single month, and with complicated formatting. --EncycloPetey (talk) 23:22, 27 December 2017 (UTC)
Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment @EncycloPetey I know, but I think we can do some volumes first (like Volume 1 or 29). Albert Micah Hang (talk) 23:25, 27 December 2017 (UTC)
Even single volumes have complicated tables and lots of diacriticals. Works such as those usually do not attract as much participation, and remain incomplete at the end of the month. --EncycloPetey (talk) 23:49, 27 December 2017 (UTC)
The lack of an text layer in the file is of concern and rules out a PotM collaboration for the time being. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 01:42, 28 December 2017 (UTC)

Note: I'm now enrolled in the project now, so feel free to contact me. Albert Micah Hang (talk) 23:28, 27 December 2017 (UTC)