Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia is the 5th most popular website in the world, but there are a number of other Open Knowledge projects supported by Wikimedia.

Wikisource, Wikipedia’s sister project, is a free human-curated online digital library.

It hosts out-of-copyright & public domain texts. Also CC-Zero, CC-BY and CC-BY-SA licensed texts.

Reading is the main point of Wikisource. Journeying down the rabbit hole.


Journey down the rabbit hole. Pic by Valerie Hinojosa CC BY-SA 2.0 via Flickr.

If you have a library… you have a wide spread of knowledge which allows for randomness, original paths of learning you can forge for yourself into little trodden corners or odd, bright side paths. Side paths that so many who used libraries in their youth can tell you, turned into brilliant journeys, potentials, life changing moments, careers.” Caitlin Moran, 19th April 2016.


There are LOTS of odd bright side paths in Wikisource. This set of pages walks you through some simple things you can do that introduce you gently to Wikisource and give you some fun ways of exploring Wikimedia’s very own hyper library.

Let’s get started!

1. What is Wikisource?

2. Wikisource – the hyper library

3. Wikisource – Oh the places you will go

4. Searching Wikisource

5. What can I upload to Wikisource?

6. Starting a new project on Wikisource

7. Adding texts to Wikisource.

8. Proofreading texts on Wikisource.


More reading

  1. Wikisource guidance (pdf)
  2. Help on Wikisource.

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