Wikipedia:World Bank

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World Bank eLibrary is a subscription-based online web portal of all books, working papers, and journal articles published by the World Bank from the 1990s to the present. It covers more than 20 disciplines related to poverty, development, and social science including economic and human development, agriculture, infrastructure, health, education, climate change, natural resources, and regional integration. For more information see the website.

All publications in the eLibrary since 2000 are also open access via the World Bank's Open Knowledge Repository (OKR); however many, such as the journal articles, are only freely available after an embargo period of 18 months. The OKR also contains many publications and knowledge products that are not found in the eLibrary, such as Knowledge Notes and other non-formal publications. Beyond the publications prior to 2000, the eLibrary provides better search, reading, research and downloading features (see the user tools here). A quick comparison of the content and functionality of the two sites may be found here.

In support of both the World Bank's and the Wikipedia Library's commitments to Open Access, we recommend that editors cite the document's URI in the OKR whenever an open access version of it is available, and when a publication or item (such as an embargoed journal article or book chapter) is not freely available in the OKR, editors cite the DOI in the World Bank eLibrary.

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  • Editors should always provide original citation information in addition to linking to World Bank resources, per WP:V and WP:SAYWHEREYOUGOTIT.
  • Editors should not provide bare links to restricted World Bank pages
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Note that citation styles vary by article; editors can use the style most appropriate to the articles they are working with so long as the citations are complete.


{{cite report|author1=de la Torre, Augusto |author2=Didier, Tatiana |author3=Ize, Alain |author4=Lederman, Daniel |author5=Schmukler, Sergio L. |title= Latin America and the Rising South : Changing World, Changing Priorities|url=|publisher=World Bank|year=2015}} {{open access}}
  • de la Torre, Augusto; Didier, Tatiana; Ize, Alain; Lederman, Daniel; Schmukler, Sergio L. (2015). Latin America and the Rising South : Changing World, Changing Priorities (Report). World Bank.  open access publication – free to read

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Open Knowledge Repository

Many (but not all) of these publications available through the eLibrary are also open access and/or freely licensed via the Open Knowledge Repository (OKR); in line with both World Banks and the Wikipedia Library's commitment to Open Access, we recommend that editors cite the OKR when an open access version of eLibrary documents when available. When citing works in the eLibrary that are not available in an Open Access version, please make sure to note {{Subscription or libraries}} .


Add yourself at the bottom of the list with a line starting with #{{user8|USERNAME|Project=code}} (eg. {{user8|Example|Project=en}}) followed by an explanation of why you would like access to this resource. It is a good idea to include in your application text your editing areas benefited by access and examples of your commitment to content creation.

  1. Lourdes (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I have created 26 articles, including 4 GAs and 5 DYKs and working on Featured Content now. This would be really helpful in researching. Lourdes 01:50, 31 August 2016 (UTC)
    @Lourdes: Approved Please check your email. -- haminoon (talk) 10:11, 11 September 2016 (UTC)
  2. GabeIglesia (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I am interested in expanding content related to international relations, foreign affairs, politics, economics, and trade. I've made over 12,000 edits to Wikipedia, including over 30 article creations. I am committed to making both minor and substantive edits that contribute to Wikipedia's overall improvement (whether it is updating numbers and names, ensuring content is sourced with reliable references, or even adding new content worthy of encyclopedic coverage), and I believe having access to the World Bank's resources will help in this regard. GabeIglesia (talk) 11:02, 10 September 2016 (UTC)
    @GabeIglesia: Approved Please check your email. -- haminoon (talk) 10:11, 11 September 2016 (UTC)
  3. Mehdi taqizadeh (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I am active in the field of human geography. I hope the World Bank to help me. thx Mehdi taqizadeh (talk) 07:43, 24 September 2016 (UTC)
    @Mehdi taqizadeh: Approved Please check your email. -- haminoon (talk) 21:42, 24 September 2016 (UTC)
  4. JFG (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) – Veteran wkipedian. Current areas of activity include spaceflight, astronomy, geopolitics and music. I am passionate about digging out precious nuggets of information to broaden the coverage of complex topics beyond what is popular in the news. — JFG talk 20:37, 5 October 2016 (UTC)
    Pending Pinging coordinator User:Haminoon. --JustBerry (talk) 16:11, 30 December 2016 (UTC)
    Apologies for the slow response @JFG: Approved Please check your email. -- haminoon (talk) 20:34, 30 December 2016 (UTC)
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