Simplifying your research needs: The Wikipedia Library launches new technical improvements and partnerships

Encountering a paywall when looking for reliable sources can be a frustrating, limiting roadblock during the editing process. Especially during the ongoing pandemic, finding a local library or institution with the right subscriptions can be a real challenge. The Wikipedia Library, a project of the Wikimedia Foundation, provides solutions for editors by offering free access to content from many of the world’s leading publishers and aggregators, including more than 100,000 unique periodicals, books, archives, and other collections.

Today, we are excited to announce new technical improvements to the Library Card platform that will make most content accessible using just your Wikipedia login. Additionally, editors can now qualify for instant access to some collections with no application needed through the Library Bundle. We are also making six new publisher partners available, including Springer Nature (on a one-year pilot) and ProQuest. Log in now to see if you qualify for access, and read on for more information!

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Punjabi Wikisource gifts non-traditional sources to Wikipedia through #1lib1ref

Punjabi Wikisource community after a 1lib1ref event. Photo by Shubham, CC BY-SA 4.0

Have you ever stumbled onto a “Citation needed” tag on Wikipedia? It is one of the most commonly used tags on Wikipedia, highlighting that the tagged content might not be verified. And for communities in the Global South, citation needed statements remind us how important it is to integrate non-digital sources from local cultural heritage and indigenous knowledge systems into Wikipedia.

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The Wikipedia Library Books & Bytes for September-October 2019

Issue 36, September–October 2019

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In this issue we highlight #1Lib1Ref, global developments and, as always, a roundup of news and community items related to libraries and digital knowledge.

#1Lib1Ref

Join us again in 2020 for #1Lib1Ref from January 15th to February 5th and don’t forget to bring your friends! #1Lib1Ref is a time that we work together around the world to make Wikipedia more reliable. You can participate in #1Lib1Ref by simply adding a citation to Wikipedia’s content! All we ask and imagine: a world in which every librarian (or archivist, reference professional, and scholar) adds 1 more reference to Wikipedia. This is the fifth year of the #1Lib1Ref campaign and we couldn’t be more excited to support another year of activities.

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