Wikipedia talk:The Wikipedia Library

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Guide for access to research: looking for early readers

To help researchers (and Wikipedians), I've been collaboratively working on a now 24-option guide about how to access sources when you don't have access to them. The folks at WP:RX are pros at this kind of digging. Could you give it 10 minutes and feel free to make comments, suggestions, corrections, or additions? Don't hesitate to be bold :)

You're a Researcher without Access to Research: What do you do?

Thank you!

Jake Orlowitz Ocaasi (WMF) (talk) 18:47, 19 October 2017 (UTC)

Since published at Medium with the same title. -- llywrch (talk) 16:46, 12 February 2018 (UTC)

Zotero Translators

Zotero translators are bits of computer code used by Zotero to scrape or parse metadata about an individual work, from a web page. Wikipedia uses them in the Citoid tool that many of us use for adding citations. A list of currently-available translators is here. Some translators are site-specific, others rely on generic embedded metadata.

I have just commented on a proposal to create a pair of translators specifically for the British Newspaper Archive, saying that having one would be useful for Wikipedia editors with access to that site via the Wikipedia Library.

That has led me to think that it would be sensible, when we agree a new WL partnership, to check whether there is a suitable translator (or set of them), and if not, to encourage someone to write one, and in either case to then have the translator(s) added to Citoid. Of course, once they are written, they remain available in perpetuity, for the benefit of the world at large.

The Zotero community may be reluctant to invest effort in creating translators for paywalled sites, so we may have to turn to coders in our own community for assistance.

I'm happy to advise on the process, or act as a link with the Zotero community, when needed. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 17:17, 6 November 2017 (UTC)

I've written multiple translators and can also advise as needed czar 17:30, 6 November 2017 (UTC)
I thought the partnership with the BNA had ended ages ago? If not, I'd very much like to know when applications become available again. - Sitush (talk) 12:41, 12 February 2018 (UTC)


Have there been any conversations about adding access to Newsbank? Billhpike (talk) 14:31, 8 January 2018 (UTC)


"We are happy to inform you that your application has been approved. You can expect to receive details about how to access this source within a week or two. Cheers! The Wikipedia Library." It has been over a month, and I have not received any additional details, unless I missed them somehow. Can anyone help? --RAN (talk) 19:20, 11 January 2018 (UTC)

I’ll look into the situation ASAP. Iazyges Consermonor Opus meum 21:58, 11 January 2018 (UTC)
I still do not appear to have an active account there, my login is supposed to be my email, and it says there is no account under that name. ... what do I need to do? --RAN (talk) 22:10, 29 January 2018 (UTC)
@Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ): You should be in the latest batch of account setups, and may have received an email by the time you see this :) Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 15:45, 13 February 2018 (UTC)


Any plans to approach ProQuest for a partnership? I discovered that they have a web interface for accessing periodicals in their collections, as well as being the current incarnation of University Microfilms, which archived many, if not almost all, dissertations published for graduate degrees. Access would be a big help for Wikipedians. -- llywrch (talk) 20:37, 29 January 2018 (UTC)

@Llywrch: You can expect to hear something about this soon :) Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 12:29, 12 February 2018 (UTC)
Oh gosh, please yes! There is so much there that I can glimpse but not access. - Sitush (talk) 12:39, 12 February 2018 (UTC)
That's a better response than I had hoped for. Thanks! -- llywrch (talk) 16:30, 12 February 2018 (UTC)


Is the Wikipedia Library for all languages of just English? --Donald Trung (Talk) (Articles) Respect mobile users. 11:35, 12 February 2018 (UTC)

@Donald Trung: All languages! Historically we have been quite English-focused because enwiki is where the library started and the TWL team is primarily English-speaking. This is something we're working on improving though! Our move to the Library Card platform allows us to collect translations for any language (TranslateWiki support will be coming soon: T162479), and we're finding coordinators from around the Wikimedia movement who are able to make pitches for partnerships in non-English languages. The Finnish and French library branches in particular are very active. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 12:28, 12 February 2018 (UTC)
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