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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 (look 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]

ItemAudienceDescriptionDownloadOther languagesVideo locations
Editing Wikipedia brochure EN.pdf
BeginnerWelcome 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 the quality of an existing Wikipedia article. Welcome to Wikipedia consists of 17 pages including a quick reference to help you to remember frequently used wiki markup commands.PDF (12 MB)

You can help!

Illustrating Wikipedia brochure.pdf
BeginnerIllustrating 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)
Evaluating Wikipedia brochure.pdf
BeginnerEvaluating 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
AllUser Name (Medium) - This video shows some of Wikipedia's contributors, explaining their user names.49 sSubtitles listed on description page - add yours
AllNice 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 sSubtitles listed on description page - add yours
AllEdit Button- This video is a direct invitation by Wikipedians to "click that [edit] button and see what happens".1 m 6 sSubtitles listed on description page - add yours
AllGreat Feeling - In this video, Wikipedians talk about the joy of being part of a global community of editors.1 m 23 sSubtitles listed on description page - add yours
Wiki markup cheatsheet EN.pdf
BeginnerThis one-page Wiki markup quick reference helps you to remember the most frequently used wiki markup commands.PDF (127 kB)
Cheat sheet design oct 13.pdf
Beginner"Wiki markup quick reference" – an A4 guide to wiki markupPDF (1.9 MB)

You can help!

Wikipedia-einmaleins web.pdf
BeginnersDer Leitfaden für Wikipedianer und alle, die es werden wollen. Eine Einführung in Wikipedia, Schritt für Schritt.PDFPolish
Odia Wikipedia handbook (web).pdf
Beginners"Odia Wikipedia Handbook": Includes dos and do nots, enabling Odia language on Wikipedia, Odia input, input layouts, editing Wikipedia articles, and adding citations.PDF (for web view)

PDF (high resolution for print)

"Chatasabha" (on-wiki manual on Odia Wikipedia)Series of instructional videos
Odia Wikisource handbook (web).pdf
Beginners
Contents
  • Brief note about Odia Wikisource
  • Digitizing books on Odia Wikisource
  • Keyboard layout for Lekhani input method (a phonetic MediaWiki input method for Odia language)
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Print-ready PDF
On-wiki manual
Cheatsheet-de.pdf
Beginners"Wikipedia Cheat Sheet" for beginners of Wikipedia: It includes markup commands and help pages (language: German).PDFEnglish
AllWikipedia ridotto - Wikimedia Italia presents Wikipedia for new contributors in Italian6 m 53 sSubtitles in Italian, English, Spanish, French so far. Script in Italian. Please help translate.
Ten Simple Rules for Editing Wikipedia.pdf
BeginnerTen 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
Freie Lizenzen Broschüre.pdf
BeginnerAn introduction to the concept of free licensesPDF
Introduction to free licenses 2010-11-27 (web).pdf
BeginnerIntroduction 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".PDFArabic
Anatomy of free licensesAllPolish, 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
BeginnerPortuguese introductory brochurePDF
Add caption here
BeginnerSlide show overview of Wikipedia, oriented at universities concerned about their public imagePDFOpenOffice ODP
Outreach Oceania Integrating Wikimedia into the Curriculum.pdf
Beginning educatorLesson 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
BeginnerAn introduction for sport administrators on why they should use wikis, with an emphasis on Wikimedia Foundation projectsPDF
WMUK GLAM booklet 2014.pdf
GLAMsHow to work successfully with Wikipedia: A guide for galleries, libraries, archives and museumsPDF (1.14 MB)
Museums Collaborating with Wikipedia
BeginnerA 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)
BeginnerIntroduction to WikipediaPrezi presentation
BeginnerIntroduction to Odia Wikipedia (In Odia language)Prezi presentation
Kurs1.pdf
2012 English Wikipedia Outreach Presentation.webm
BeginnerIntroduction to Wikipedia to Hordaland fylkeskommune (GLAM)PDF
Kurs2.pdf
BeginnerIntroduction writing good articels to Hordaland fylkeskommune (GLAM)PDF
Kurs3.pdf
BeginnerIntroduction to free licenses to Hordaland fylkeskommune (GLAM)PDF
Kurs4.pdf
BeginnerIntroduction, and tutorials on starting new articles, editing, uploading images to Hordaland fylkeskommune (GLAM)PDF
BeginnerA Gentle Introduction to Wikidata for Absolute Beginners (including non-techies!)

This talk introduces Wikidata. It covers what Wikidata is (00:00), how to contribute new data to Wikidata (1:09:34), how to create an entirely new item on Wikidata (1:27:07), how to embed data from Wikidata into pages on other wikis (1:52:54), tools like the Wikidata Game (1:39:20), Article Placeholder (2:01:01), Reasonator (2:54:15) and Mix-and-match (2:57:05), and how to query Wikidata (including SPARQL examples) (starting 2:05:05).

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Editing references, instructions and guides[edit]

ItemAudienceDescriptionDownloadOther languagesVideo locations
Classroom handout - How to get help.pdf
BeginnerThis 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
BeginnerThis 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 handoutIntermediateThis handout explains why references are important, where to place them, and the basics of adding "ref" tags.PDF
Plagiarism handoutIntermediateThis 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
IntermediateThis handout walks through how to move an article draft from a userpage sandbox into WikipediaPDF
Licensing tutorial en.svg
BeginnerThis short handout explains why and how uploaded files (images) should be licensed.SVG image
RefCodeHandout.pdf
BeginnerThis handout explains the basics of "ref" tags and the "name" parameter as well as "citation templates."PDF
UploadingImagesHandout.pdf
IntermediateThis 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
AdvancedThis 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
BeginnerVisual explanation of the user contribution pageSVG
Bookmark-handouts.pdf
BeginnerBookmark 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
BeginnerIntroduction to Wikimedia Commons and reference guide to uploading pictures.
Wikinews Guide.pdf
BeginnerAn introduction to Wikinews and how it works.Download PDFOther languagesNo video
Wikinews Original Sport Reporting.pdf
BeginnerA one page introduction to English Wikinews original reporting with a focus on sports.Download PDFOther languagesNo video
Conducting multilingual interviews for wikinews.pdf
BeginnerA one page introduction to conducting in person interviews when the interviewer speaks a different language than the interviewee.Download PDFOther languagesNo video
Photo Essays for Wikinews.pdf
BeginnerA one page introduction to getting photo essays published on English Wikinews.Download PDFOther languagesNo video
BeginnerA screencast showing a review of a not ready article to introduce people to what reviews are looking for.Download OGVOther languagesFile:Reviewing_an_English_Wikinews_article.oggtheora.ogv
BeginnerA screencast showing an article being written to introduce people to how to write articles.Download OGVOther languagesFile:Writing a Wikinews article.oggtheora.ogv
BeginnerA screencast walk through of creating an article on English Wikinews with a Doctor Who related news story as an example.Download OGVOther languagesFile:Writing a Wikinews article - Doctor Who.ogv
BeginnerA 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 OGVOther languagesFile:Reviewing an English Wikinews article about nuclear Japan.ogv
Wikinews Workflow.pdf
BeginnerA one page introduction to the workflow on English Wikinews.Download PDFOther languagesNo video
Avoid Plagiarism on Wikinews.pdf
BeginnerA one page handout on how to avoid plagiarism on English Wikinews.Download PDFOther languagesNo video

For intermediate learners[edit]

AllThe State of Wikipedia - In this video, Jimmy Wales tells the history of Wikipedia and talks about the project's 10th anniversary3 m 43 s Transcript here
Introduction to free licenses 2010-11-27 (web).pdf
BeginnerIntroduction 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 licensesAllPolish, extensive guide about the concept of free licenses. Includes brief descriptions of most popular variants.PDF (printable)
Evaluating Wikipedia brochure.pdf
BeginnerEvaluating 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
IntermediatewikiArS 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]

ItemAudienceDescriptionRuntimeWatchOther languages
Videowikipedia v1.pdf
Web and social media experts at cultural institutionsVideo 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 contributorsScreencasting - 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
ScientistsWikimedia as a public engagement tool for scientiststext* [1]
Professionals in the arts and humanitiesWikimedia as a public engagement tool for the arts and humanitiestext* [2]

Books[edit]

ItemAudienceDescriptionOther languages
Wikipedia: The Missing ManualAllWikipedia: 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 WorksAllHow 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 speakersSå 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 speakersAs 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 versionNo translations yet.
Прирачник за вики.pdf
Macedonian speakersen 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.

PDFMacedonian
Doracak per wiki.pdf
Albanian speakersen 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.

PDFAlbanian
How To Edit Wikipedia. Guide For Beginners. Ukrainian Edition.pdf
Ukrainian speakersen 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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Presentations[edit]

This page is a repository for presentations about the Wikimedia projects. The idea is to get inspirations from other people's work, so that if you are preparing a talk yourself, you don't have to do the same work twice. Presentations are organized by language.

On-wiki tutorials[edit]

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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).