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Welcome to the Wikimedia Bookshelf!

The Bookshelf is a vast collection of high-quality, freely licensed, user-generated informational material about Wikipedia (see below) and its sister projects (see links above). Here are videos, brochures, and other things. Feel free to browse or add your own material. You might even want to join the Bookshelf Project where others like you create more materials. If you want to translate the materials, visit the localization guidelines.

All materials presented here have been released under a free licence.

For beginners[edit]

Item Audience Description Download Other languages Video locations
Editing Wikipedia brochure EN.pdf
Beginner Welcome to Wikipedia is a reference guide to help you get started to contributing to Wikipedia. Using the guide, you will be able to create a Wikipedia user account, start editing, and communicate with other Wikipedia contributors. You will also learn how articles evolve on Wikipedia and how you can assess quality of an existing Wikipedia article. Welcome to Wikipedia consists 17 pages including a quick reference to help you to remember frequently used wiki markup commands. PDF (12 MB)

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Illustrating Wikipedia brochure.pdf
Beginner Illustrating Wikipedia: A guide to contributing content to Wikimedia Commons shows newcomers the basics of contributing to Wikimedia Commons and adding images to Wikipedia and other wikis. PDF (3.8 MB)
All User Name (Medium) - This video shows some of Wikipedia's contributors, explaining their user names. 49 s Subtitles listed on description page - add yours
All Nice People (Medium) - This video focuses on the motivations and passion of Wikipedians, and ends with a comment by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales about what makes the project special. 1 m 26 s Subtitles listed on description page - add yours
All Edit Button- This video is a direct invitation by Wikipedians to "click that [edit] button and see what happens". 1 m 6 s Subtitles listed on description page - add yours
All Great Feeling - In this video, Wikipedians talk about the joy of being part of a global community of editors. 1 m 23 s Subtitles listed on description page - add yours
Wiki markup cheatsheet EN.pdf
Beginner This one-page Wiki markup quick reference helps you to remember the most frequently used wiki markup commands. PDF (127 kB)

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Cheat sheet design oct 13.pdf
Beginner "Wiki markup quick reference" – an A4 guide to wiki markup PDF (1.9 MB)
Wikipedia-einmaleins web.pdf
Beginners Der Leitfaden für Wikipedianer und alle, die es werden wollen. Eine Einführung in Wikipedia, Schritt für Schritt. PDF Polish
Cheatsheet-de.pdf
Beginners "Wikipedia Cheat Sheet" for beginners of Wikipedia: It includes markup commands and help pages (language: German). PDF English
All Wikipedia ridotto - Wikimedia Italia presents Wikipedia for new contributors in Italian 6 m 53 s Subtitles in Italian, English, Spanish, French so far. Script in Italian. Please help translate.
Ten Simple Rules for Editing Wikipedia.pdf
Beginner Ten Simple Rules for Editing Wikipedia is an editorial published in PLoS Computational Biology that gives advice for scientists (also relevant to other scholars and experts) on how to effectively contribute to Wikipedia. PDF
Evaluating Wikipedia brochure.pdf
Beginner Evaluating Wikipedia article quality is a reference guide with specific steps you can take to get the most out of Wikipedia, as well as a look at how its quality system works. PDF; 2-page condensed version
Freie Lizenzen Broschüre.pdf
Beginner An introduction to the concept of free licenses PDF
Introduction to free licenses 2010-11-27 (web).pdf
Beginner Introduction to free licenses helps you understand the basic concepts of free licenses. It explains the idea of free licenses, as well as terms like "CC-by-SA" and "public domain". PDF Arabic
Anatomy of free licenses All Polish, extensive guide about the concept of free licenses. Includes brief descriptions of most popular variants. PDF (printable)
.Junte-se a Wikipedia (Portgueuse intro brochure) 6-22-11.pdf
Beginner Portuguese introductory brochure PDF
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Beginner Slide show overview of Wikipedia, oriented at universities concerned about their public image PDF OpenOffice ODP
Outreach Oceania Integrating Wikimedia into the Curriculum.pdf
Beginning educator Lesson plans for classroom integration of Wikipedia and other projects. Four lesson plans target the language arts, one targets business classes and one targets arts. Lesson plans written to meet local curriculum goals. Low level knowledge of Wikipedia and related projects needed in order to use lesson plans. PDF
Sport and Wiki Wikis
Beginner An introduction for sport administrators on why they should use wikis, with an emphasis on Wikimedia Foundation projects PDF
WMUK GLAM booklet 2014.pdf
GLAMs How to work successfully with Wikipedia: A guide for galleries, libraries, archives and museums PDF (1.14 MB)
Museums Collaborating with Wikipedia
Beginner A handout for museum professionals that includes an overview of the GLAM-Wiki initiative, case stories on projects, and contact information for getting started. PDF (838 KB)
Beginner Introduction to Wikipedia Prezi presentation
Beginner Introduction to Odia Wikipedia (In Odia language) Prezi presentation
Kurs1.pdf
2012 English Wikipedia Outreach Presentation.webm
Beginner Introduction to Wikipedia to Hordaland fylkeskommune (GLAM) PDF
Kurs2.pdf
Beginner Introduction writing good articels to Hordaland fylkeskommune (GLAM) PDF
Kurs3.pdf
Beginner Introduction to free licenses to Hordaland fylkeskommune (GLAM) PDF
Kurs4.pdf
Beginner Introduction, and tutorials on starting new articles, editing, uploading images to Hordaland fylkeskommune (GLAM) PDF

Editing references, instructions and guides[edit]

Classroom handout - How to get help.pdf
Beginner This one-page handout explains the recommended way to get help and feedback for classes supported by Wikipedia Ambassadors: by posting on their course talk page and notifying their mentor. It also includes a glossary of additional help resources students might use. PDF
Editing Sport Biographies on Wikipedia.pdf
Beginner This handout covers the basics of writing a biography of a living person on English Wikipedia; it was prepared for the Australian Paralympic Committee, but has many points that apply to BLP's generally. Source text here: Editing Sport Biographies on Wikipedia. A quick version of this was created for biographies about journalists and can be found at File:WP - BLP - Journalists.pdf.
Citing sources handout Intermediate This handout explains why references are important, where to place them, and the basics of adding "ref" tags. PDF
Plagiarism handout Intermediate This handout explains what plagiarism is on Wikipedia in addition to why and how to avoid it. PDF
Classroom handout - moving out of your sandbox.pdf
Intermediate This handout walks through how to move an article draft from a userpage sandbox into Wikipedia PDF
Licensing tutorial en.svg
Beginner This short handout explains why and how uploaded files (images) should be licensed. SVG image
RefCodeHandout.pdf
Beginner This handout explains the basics of "ref" tags and the "name" parameter as well as "citation templates." PDF
UploadingImagesHandout.pdf
Intermediate This handout explains the basics of uploading an image on the English Wikipedia. PDF
Classroom handout - Submitting an article to the Did You Know process.pdf
Advanced This handout walks through how to submit a new or newly expanded article to the Did You Know process so that it will appear on the Main Page. PDF
User contributions detail.svg
Beginner Visual explanation of the user contribution page SVG
Odia Wikipedia FAQ Booklet version 1.0.pdf
Beginner Odia (Oriya Wikipedia FAQ, Display & Typing Help, 1.0 is created to provide support for Frequently asked questions on Odia Wikipedia, Display issues and their solution and Typing Support. PDF
Bookmark-handouts.pdf
Beginner Bookmark handouts with short URLs linking to the introduction, and tutorials on starting new articles, editing, uploading images, donating, and using the Reference Desks (4 letter size pages; 11 bookmarks per page.) PDF
Wikimedia Commons web.pdf
Beginner Introduction to Wikimedia Commons and reference guide to uploading pictures.
Wikinews Guide.pdf
Beginner An introduction to Wikinews and how it works. Downdload PDF Other languages No video
Wikinews Original Sport Reporting.pdf
Beginner A one page introduction to English Wikinews original reporting with a focus on sports. Downdload PDF Other languages No video
Conducting multilingual interviews for wikinews.pdf
Beginner A one page introduction to conducting in person interviews when the interviewer speaks a different language than the interviewee. Downdload PDF Other languages No video
Photo Essays for Wikinews.pdf
Beginner A one page introduction to getting photo essays published on English Wikinews. Downdload PDF Other languages No video
Beginner A screencast showing a review of a not ready article to introduce people to what reviews are looking for. Download OGV Other languages File:Reviewing_an_English_Wikinews_article.oggtheora.ogv
Beginner A screencast showing an article being written to introduce people to how to write articles. Download OGV Other languages File:Writing a Wikinews article.oggtheora.ogv
Beginner A screencast walk through of creating an article on English Wikinews with a Doctor Who related news story as an example. Download OGV Other languages File:Writing a Wikinews article - Doctor Who.ogv
Beginner A screencast showing another review of a not ready article to introduce people to what reviews are looking for. This one reviews an article about nuclear Japan. Download OGV Other languages File:Reviewing an English Wikinews article about nuclear Japan.ogv
Wikinews Workflow.pdf
Beginner A one page introduction to the workflow on English Wikinews. Downdload PDF Other languages No video
Avoid Plagiarism on Wikinews.pdf
Beginner A one page handout on how to avoid plagiarism on English Wikinews. Downdload PDF Other languages No video

For intermediate learners[edit]

Item Audience Description Runtime Watch Other languages
Intermediate This video explains two core principles of Wikipedia: Verifiability and Neutral point of view. 2 m 10 s

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All The State of Wikipedia - In this video, Jimmy Wales tells the history of Wikipedia and talks about the project's 10th anniversary 3 m 43 s Transcript here
Introduction to free licenses 2010-11-27 (web).pdf
Beginner Introduction to free licenses helps you understand the basic concepts of free licenses. It explains the idea of free licenses, as well as terms like "CC-by-SA" and "public domain". PDF (1,3 MB) Arabicyou can help
Anatomy of free licenses All Polish, extensive guide about the concept of free licenses. Includes brief descriptions of most popular variants. PDF (printable)
Evaluating Wikipedia brochure.pdf
Beginner Evaluating Wikipedia article quality is a reference guide with specific steps you can take to get the most out of Wikipedia, as well as a look at how its quality system works. PDF (547 KB) Arabicyou can help
WikiArS-triple-en-trz.svg
Intermediate wikiArS initiative participation diagram. Triple supervision. The diagram shows in a time line the process of advise, supervision and guidance of the art or design student to produce graphics for Wikipedia and sister projects. SVG (3,51 Mb)

For advanced learners[edit]

Item Audience Description Runtime Watch Other languages
Videowikipedia v1.pdf
Web and social media experts at cultural institutions Video for Wikipedia and the Open Web: A Guide to Best Practices for Cultural and Educational Institutions is a detailed guideline that seeks to mobilize cultural and educational institutions to contribute to Wikimedia and other open web projects. It includes detailed how-to instructions for contributing video to Wikimedia projects. PDF (3.3 MB)
Advanced Wikimedians/Wikipedians seeking to create instructional videos for new contributors Screencasting - This video advocates for using screencasting as a tool for instructing new content contributors on our projects. Other videos, on this WikiProject page, go into more detail about how to produce a screencast with free or inexpensive software. 5 m 15 s Script
Scientists Wikimedia as a public engagement tool for scientists text * [1]
Professionals in the arts and humanities Wikimedia as a public engagement tool for the arts and humanities text * [2]

Books[edit]

Item Audience Description Other languages
Wikipedia: The Missing Manual All Wikipedia: The Missing Manual is a 2008 book by Wikipedian John Broughton. It is a how-to guide that explains the process of contributing to the Internet encyclopedia Wikipedia. It was released in O'Reilly Media's Missing Manual series. In 2009, it was released under a free license. Editable version
How Wikipedia Works All How Wikipedia Works is a 2008 book by Phoebe Ayers, Charles Matthews, and Ben Yates. It is a how-to reference for using and contributing to the Wikipedia encyclopedia, targeted at "students, professors, and everyday experts and fans". It offers specific sections for teachers, reusers, and researchers. Full version on Google Books (first page)
Så fungerar Wikipedia.pdf
Swedish speakers Så fungerar Wikipedia is a book in Swedish by Wikipedian Lennart Guldbrandsson, that was released in 2008, and then put under a free license in 2010.
As organizações no ciberespaço.djvu
Portuguese speakers As organizações no ciberespaço is a masters degree thesis. The aim of this work is to analyze the structure and maintance of a non-financial virtual comunity - portuguese language Wikipedia - in relation to the structure's organization already existed. Based on the theoretical direction on one of those most influenced strengths over the society, the work follows a qualitative way, using the method of case study research, being helped by the observation, interviews and questionaries as collection tool that were applaied on the members and supporters of the organization founded on qualitative sample. The results obtained indicate some evidence of pre-concepted theories and their new dimension on the ciberspace context. Wikisource version No translations yet.
Прирачник за вики.pdf
Macedonian civic organizations en Прирачник за wiki is a book by Wikipedians Kiril Simeonovski, Zoran Meckarski, Slobodan Jacoski and Dimce Grozdanoski. It is an Instruction manual wirtten in Macedonian. The aim of this work is to help Macedonian civic organizations to start their own wiki site, wiki administration, editing its content, and building the site policy.

mk Прирачник за wiki е книга на википедијанците Кирил Симеоновски, Зоран Мечкарски, Слободан Јаќоски и Дим. Прирачникот е напишан на македонски јазик. Намената на прирачниот е да биде од помош на македонските здруженија на граѓани во поставувањето на сопствен вики сајт, негова администрација, ажурирање на содржините и градење на политики за управување со викито.

PDF Macedonian
Doracak per wiki.pdf
Macedonian civic organizations en Doracak për wiki is a book by Wikipedians Kiril Simeonovski, Zoran Meckarski, and Slobodan Jacoski. It is an Albanian translation of "Прирачник за wiki" in Macedonian. The aim of this work is to help Macedonian civic organizations to start their own wiki site, wiki administration, editing its content, and building the site policy.

mk Doracak për wiki е книга напишана од википедијанците Кирил Симеоновски, Зоран Мечкараски и Слободан Јаќоски. Овој прирачник е превод на албански на македонското издание на прирачникот. Намената на овој прирачник е да биде од помош на македонските граѓански организации при започнувањето на нивни сопствени вики сајтови, нивна администрација, уредување, и градење на политики за управување со содржините на викито.

PDF Albanian
How To Edit Wikipedia. Guide For Beginners. Ukrainian Edition.pdf
Ukrainian speakers en How to Edit Wikipedia. Guide for beginners is a book by Wikipedians Sergii Petrov (compiler) and Yevhen Buket (editor). Beginners, who start to edit Wikipedia, face some problems, because they don’t know the mechanisms of the encyclopedia. The aim of this book is to help beginners to edit Wikipedia. It explains the operation of Wikipedia, gives the basic rules and tips, and highlights the Wikipedia’s wiki-markup.

The book was published by “Wikimedia Ukraine”Community Association with the assistance of Bohdan Hawrylyshyn Foundation.


uk Як редагувати Вікіпедію. Довідник для новачків – книга вікіпедистів Сергія Петрова (упорядник) та Євгена Букета (редактор). Користувачі-новачки, які починають редагувати Вікіпедію, стикаються з деякими проблемами через незнання механізмів функціонування цієї енциклопедії. Для допомоги початківцям у редагуванні Вікіпедії було створено цей довідник. У ньому розкриваються принципи функціонування Вікіпедії, подаються основні правила та поради, а також основні моменти вікі-розмітки Вікіпедії. Видання здійснено громадською організацією «Вікімедіа Україна» за сприяння Фонду Богдана Гаврилишина.

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Do you know more material that could fit here?[edit]

The Bookshelf is still in its infancy. Do you know of any materials that could fit here? Please add it on the appropriate page: the main Bookshelf (this page), Education, Media, Companies, Wikipedians, Other Wikimedia Projects or the Bookshelf Project (unfinished materials).