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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Can I have access to my favorite niche publisher through the Wikipedia Library?
A: Typically, the core Wikipedia Library team focuses on getting access to larger, multi-purpose databases, containing a wide range of sources that we think could be used by dozens of Wikipedia editors. Thus, if editors ask for publishers that might be used by only a couple of Wikipedia editors, we will either a) look for an aggregator like WP:EBSCO, WP:JSTOR or WP:Gale which has collected those works in a larger database or b) we ask editors to reach out directly to these smaller publishers using our Partner Pitch Process. We have found that smaller organizations have less organizational barriers to participating in our program and that, most of the time, even volunteers not experienced in Wikimedia outreach can work with them to create a partnership. If you do decide to reach out to a partner, feel free to cc or in any correspondence with partners. Once the partnership has been started, we are happy to list the resource in our partner databases.

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South African Government Gazette, Greengazette

South African Government Gazette, Greengazette, [], Wikipedia:WikiProject South Africa Nathan121212 (talk) 16:28, 11 August 2014 (UTC)

  1. @Nathan121212: Is there an organization with larger holdings that publishes or gives access to the Gazette alongside other works? We try to get access to resources that would impact a wide range of users. In the past partnerships from small publishers don't have the kind of impact across Wikipedia and our user base as other ones do. We will certainly try contacting them, but are wondering if there is another route for access/contact that might be more fruitful, Sadads (talk) 16:59, 11 August 2014 (UTC)
    @Sadads: Not that I am aware of. A Google search brings nothing new up. According to its website, Greengazette give access to Gazettes from all nine of South Africa's provincial government as well as legal notices and patent journals. Thanks for giving this a look. Nathan121212 (talk) 18:53, 11 August 2014 (UTC)
    @Nathan121212: Cool beans. We probably won't look into this for another month or two: we have a ton of tasks right now that need to be finished up before we start too many more new partnerships, Sadads (talk) 18:56, 11 August 2014 (UTC)
    @Nathan121212: I tried a digital communication with them a couple months ago, and have not received a response. Astinson (WMF) (talk) 17:07, 16 February 2015 (UTC)
    @Nathan121212: I think South African Government Gazette is included in WP:Sabinet. Nikkimaria (talk) 22:32, 16 September 2015 (UTC)
    @Nathan121212 and Nikkimaria: actually that is one of the few items that they share that is not included in that donation: however, I got the contact information for someone who might be able to give us that access. I hope to have some more information soon, Astinson (WMF) (talk) 20:06, 17 September 2015 (UTC)
    Thanks for the update User:Astinson (WMF) Nathan121212 (talk) 16:48, 6 November 2015 (UTC)


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers IEEE journals , magazines and conference proceedings []

    1. also IEEE standards ie []
    One thing the IEEE materials would be good for is biographical information about leading scientists and inventors. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 18:01, 10 March 2015 (UTC)
    Access to IEEE Xplore would be incredibly helpful. The amount of work submitted to IEEE in its specific areas of research is unparalleled.
I Agree PAR (talk) 05:04, 10 December 2015 (UTC)
@WeijiBaikeBianji and PAR: We spoke to IEEE at Frankfurt Book Fair last year and they seemed interested. I've just started that conversation with them again; I'll update here if there are any developments. Sam Walton (talk) 15:53, 4 June 2016 (UTC)


More than 2000 ebooks and enormous number of articles are available IEEE here. Almost the best source in Electrical engineering.--Freshman404Talk 12:14, 17 July 2016 (UTC)

@Freshman404: As above, I've been emailing IEEE about the potential for a partnership. Haven't heard anything in a while so I'll follow up :) Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 17:04, 17 July 2016 (UTC)

Genealogybank - I think this would be hugely helpful for editors involved in local research for things like country estates and small rural communities and to trace ownership and family lines.♦ Dr. Blofeld 16:49, 11 August 2014 (UTC)

  1. Genealogybank has a pretty extensive Newspaper collection. I second reaching out to them. --ThaddeusB (talk) 04:56, 11 April 2015 (UTC)
  2. Support for same reason as ThaddeusB, and for local history research per nom, but not for "tracing ownership and family lines", which sounds like what WP:NOR tells us not to get into.  — SMcCandlish ¢ ≽ʌⱷ҅ʌ≼  01:58, 21 June 2015 (UTC)
  3. Support, I have access and use it frequently for its newspaper database. It compliments the quite well with only a little overlap. Smmurphy(Talk) 14:19, 13 May 2016 (UTC)
@Dr. Blofeld, ThaddeusB, SMcCandlish, and Smmurphy: We've spoken to NewsBank in the past but weren't able to convince them, so I don't have high hopes for Genealogy Bank, but I've emailed them nonetheless. Will let you know if I hear anything. Sam Walton (talk) 11:05, 8 June 2016 (UTC)
If they want an example of an article we could probably improve with their data, William A. Spinks is a likely suspect. Virtually his entire second career as an oilman, as well as his early history (before winning the Pacific Coast Billiards Championship), including his educational background, are all a mystery at this point, but local newspapers and other documents might well elucidate.  — SMcCandlish ¢ ≽ʌⱷ҅ʌ≼  10:08, 10 June 2016 (UTC)

The Times archive

The Times archives.♦ Dr. Blofeld 16:50, 11 August 2014 (UTC)

@Dr. Blofeld: I believe this is available 1985-present in Infotrac. Nikkimaria (talk) 19:20, 11 December 2015 (UTC)
I have access to it myself.♦ Dr. Blofeld 19:33, 11 December 2015 (UTC)

The Irish Newspaper Archives

The Irish Newspaper Archives , "The largest digital archive of Irish newspapers in the world, providing access to millions of newspaper articles spanning 300+ years of Irish history."♦ Dr. Blofeld 16:52, 11 August 2014 (UTC)

The Los Angeles Times Archives

The Los Angeles Times Archives -millions of articles since 1881 - I know myself and a few west coast and film project editors who'd find this tremendously valuable

  1. -Especially if NY Times proves unobtainable. A very right wing paper for the early 20th C but a good source as the century progressed. Carrite (talk) 19:26, 2 April 2015 (UTC)
  2. @Carrite: Most of LAT is in the Business Source Complete part of WP:EBSCO, 19:57, 17 September 2015 (UTC)

Toronto Star Archives

Toronto Star Archives -millions of newspapers from 1887-2010

  1. The above are just possibilities, don't want to burden you with any more!!♦ Dr. Blofeld 17:04, 11 August 2014 (UTC)
    No worries @Dr. Blofeld: we always want feedback on what we are missing, and what is particularly useful. We can make assumptions based on our experience, but you never know, Sadads (talk) 17:28, 11 August 2014 (UTC)

Access to Research

Access to Research This covers over 8000 journals and over 10 million academic articles. In the UK its available for access in libraries but not home-reading. Apwoolrich (talk) 15:57, 24 August 2014 (UTC)

  1. @Apwoolrich: Thats a really interesting idea. It seems to be mostly designed for public libraries to join. But I wonder if we could support Wikimedia UK in getting vpn-like access to the project: would help us focus our other partnerships away from British editors.... I will look into it, Sadads (talk) 14:27, 27 August 2014 (UTC)
    I can access and search the site from home, using my library card's number, but I cannot get beyond reading summaries of the articles. Apwoolrich (talk) 06:33, 28 August 2014 (UTC)
    Hi @Apwoolrich: I tried several rounds of pinging: no response. If you would be interested in taking the lead on pitching a partnership with, especially because it is such a regional platform/tool, I would be very much interested in giving you the tools/help. And/or we could involve Wikimedia UK, in that process, Astinson (WMF) (talk) 17:11, 13 February 2015 (UTC)
  2. Yes, please. All the databases I have access to so far have a notable paucity of veterinary sources. If this has 8,000 journals, I think that could fill some of that gap.  — SMcCandlish ¢ ≽ʌⱷ҅ʌ≼  02:00, 21 June 2015 (UTC)
  3. Yes, I agree this would be an excellent resource to gain access to. SagaciousPhil - Chat 07:52, 21 June 2015 (UTC)
We're going to try speaking to them again, but I'm not optimistic due to the way this ties to physical libraries. Sam Walton (talk) 11:07, 8 June 2016 (UTC)


ProQuest: It began publishing doctoral dissertations in 1939 and has published more than 3 million searchable dissertations and theses. JimRenge (talk) 22:31, 26 November 2014 (UTC)

  1. Agree, and suggest looking into some of their ancillary products, such as ProQuest Congressional or ProQuest Legislative Insight; while some of these primarily bring in primary sources, or otherwise freely-available GPO publications, it's much more easily searchable. —/Mendaliv//Δ's/ 18:46, 27 November 2014 (UTC)
    @Mendaliv and JimRenge::I have started a promising conversation on this front, though the first partnerships w/ PQ might not be the specific databases you request (once in the door, though, these tend to become much easier.)Astinson (WMF) (talk) 17:13, 13 February 2015 (UTC)
    Thanks for working on the contact; ProQuest would be useful for me too. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 18:01, 10 March 2015 (UTC)
    Their Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive and Historical Newspapers databases would be very useful. The latter one includes The Times of India, one of the most reputed Indian newspapers. It would be very useful for editors working on Indian history during the latter half of the 19th century and whole of the 20th century. Thanks.--Skr15081997 (talk) 12:01, 24 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Yes, this should be very helpful. --Tito Dutta (talk) 16:56, 24 March 2015 (UTC)
  • As an editor working on rather controversial topics in the Indian sphere, the Times has a bit of a dodgy reputation, particularly for being even more sensationalist, and poorer with fact-checking and coverage, than many of the other mainstream Indian papers. That said, there are still immense gaps in nitty-gritty uncontroversial Indian topics, and the Times would certainly help with those. Vanamonde93 (talk) 17:13, 24 March 2015 (UTC)
  • I would also highly appreciate having access to old newspapers for India such as the The Times of India. Kautilya3 (talk) 17:38, 24 March 2015 (UTC)
@Kautilya3, Titodutta, and Vanamonde93: I can help out with the Times of India Archives if you have a specific citation in mind. Leave a note on my talk or at WP:RX - NQ (talk) 11:50, 30 March 2015 (UTC)
That's handy to know, NQ. The Times of India can be rather dodgy nowadays but historically (say, pre-1980s) it was a very good newspaper and access to it would likely be very useful. I have access only to the ProQuest Times (London) and Guardian databases and use them a lot ... but rarely when I already know the specific citation because in that circumstance the cite has almost always come from a reliable secondary source anyway. They're better used, like the BNL, for broad searches that then become more specific. - Sitush (talk) 10:16, 2 April 2015 (UTC)
  • I really doubt they're gonna greenlight freely available downloads of pdfs of dissertations — that's big money to them — but this would be massively important if it could be swung. Carrite (talk) 19:28, 2 April 2015 (UTC)
  • @JimRenge, Mendaliv, Kautilya3, Titodutta, Vanamonde93, Skr15081997, Carrite, and Sitush:: We have another Newspaper database and the massive WP:EBSCO which should provide an intermediary set of material, until we get a relationship with proquest: both provide quite a range of useful tools that might help fill the gaps you all talk about, Astinson (WMF) (talk) 20:00, 17 September 2015 (UTC)
    • As far as I understand the users above talked about Historical Newspapers (including The Times of India), EBSCO and don't have that material. I vote for ProQuest Historical Newspapers: South China Morning Post and ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Chinese Newspapers Collection. That are absolute unique collections of historical magazines of China and Hong Kong (form the end of XIX century). It's very valuable resource for all users who interested in history of China and Hong Kong.--Алый Король (talk) 11:46, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
      • @Алый Король: Good to know: we have had fruitful initial conversations with Eastview and Newsbank, though neither are going to be ready for a donation soon; both of these have more global diversity. Though we have approached Proquest a couple times, haven't had a fruitful conversation yet. Astinson (WMF) (talk) 12:54, 24 September 2015 (UTC)

I second thatVroy0001 (talk) 01:41, 28 October 2016 (UTC)

ProQuest Congressional

It has every Congressional hearing and every floor vote and floor speech in Congress, every CRS report, every GAO report, going back to 1790. Since many floor speeches and congressional hearings contain secondary sources placed in the record in their entirety, this is not only a great primary source but also a good source for secondary material. Figureofnine (talkcontribs) 00:52, 16 May 2015 (UTC)

@Figureofnine: We have yet to find a profitable conversation with ProQuest. When we do, I will make sure to request access to this particular database. Astinson (WMF) (talk) 19:32, 18 June 2015 (UTC)
That would be outstanding if you can do hat. Thanks so much. Figureofnine (talkcontribs) 16:15, 21 June 2015 (UTC)

@Astinson (WMF): I was just discussing with somebody how useful this resource would be, We believe it has access to The Times of India archives which could prove extremely useful for older films on wikipedia. If you could try to contact them I'd be immensely grateful.♦ Dr. Blofeld 08:21, 22 June 2015 (UTC)

I think you may be thinking of ProQuest Historical Newspapers. However ProQuest Congressional stands on its own merits. Sure hope we can get it. Figureofnine (talkcontribs) 17:55, 22 June 2015 (UTC)

ProQuest NewsStand

Extensive news archive; I had free access to this for a few years through my county library, but low take-up by the hicks and hayseeds in my county led to the library services manager not renewing the partnership :( I found this incredibly useful for my WP editing, and their pre-London Guardian archive was a treasure. Maybe they would consider a small trial? Keri (talk) 13:43, 21 June 2015 (UTC)

Hi @Keri:: We are working on access to Proquest databases, but have yet to find a good person to talk too for a donation. Hopefully we find someone this week during the ALA conference. In the meantime, a lot of editors have been happy with and WP:BNA for historical materials. We are also in the process of negotiating several other newspaper databases, which I will try to ping you about when they become available (one of them will be in our next distribution in late July/ early August). Astinson (WMF) (talk) 15:13, 22 June 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for the update. I use both those archives, and find them very useful! The ProQuest NewsStand archive that was available through my library was particularly useful for its content from the 1990s and early 21st C though. Would be great if you managed to get something. I'll watch developments eagerly. Keri (talk) 15:22, 22 June 2015 (UTC)
ProQuest Historical, as I think it is called, would be helpful by archiving newspapers not on the Internet. ProQuest Congressional, as noted above, would also be invaluable. Figureofnine (talkcontribs) 17:53, 22 June 2015 (UTC)

Harvard Library

@Samwalton9 (WMF):, my passion is in 1990's educational video games, and Harvard Library is perfect of this. I would really love access.--Coin945 (talk) 12:21, 19 September 2016 (UTC)

@Coin945: This is a library, that subscribes to a number of journals/databases/publishers. What in particular are you interested in accessing? Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 13:02, 19 September 2016 (UTC)
@Samwalton9 (WMF): oh apologies, perhaps I was a bit vague. I am seeking access to the Harvard Library catalogue. (Link is in the section header).--Coin945 (talk) 13:05, 19 September 2016 (UTC)
@Coin945: If you want access to Harvard's catalogue that would fall under the visiting scholars program. If there are specific databases or publishers that they have in their collection, then I can look into whether we have them or could get access to them. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 13:21, 19 September 2016 (UTC)
As an addendum: We could look into a partnership with Harvard University Press for the resources published by Harvard themselves. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 13:25, 19 September 2016 (UTC)
@Samwalton9 (WMF): I looked more into the sources I want to use - the majority of them are actually links to documents within ProQuest. So that makes my suggestion the same as the one for Proquest above. Still, it would be nice for Wikipedia to partner with Harvard. :)--Coin945 (talk) 04:10, 20 September 2016 (UTC)

Just a minor update that I had a very encouraging discussion recently, and while it's almost certainly the case that nothing will be happening before this summer, I'm optimistic :) Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 17:17, 21 March 2017 (UTC)

Wiley Online Library

Wiley Online Library: 2,000+ journals, more than 16,000+ books—good academic content. – Maky « talk » 09:01, 11 December 2014 (UTC)

  1. I agree, it would be helpful. JimRenge (talk) 18:00, 23 December 2014 (UTC)
    I concur! Arbitrarily0 (talk) 16:12, 31 December 2014 (UTC)
    I came here especially to express interest in the Wiley Online Library, as it is full of many of the best sources for the topics I write about most regularly. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 18:01, 10 March 2015 (UTC)
    I'd like to be able to access Soil Use and Management. Many people think of soil as unimportant but we get almost all our food from soil, it's the biggest carbon store after rocks and oceans, and yet soil is being lost and damaged, so this is an important journal.Rowan Adams (talk) 12:29, 11 May 2015 (UTC)
@Maky, JimRange, Arbitrarily, and WeijiBaikiBianji: We have begun some positive talks with Wiley, so hopefully we will have something good to report soon, Astinson (WMF) (talk) 15:53, 21 May 2015 (UTC)
That's great! Just drop me a note if something develops. I'm going out of town next week for a conference (May 26–30), so hopefully I won't be too late on any sign-ups. – Maky « talk » 23:37, 21 May 2015 (UTC)
@Astinson (WMF):Any update on this? – Maky « talk » 19:10, 18 June 2015 (UTC)
@Maky: Sorry for not having it sooner: we expected the conversation to move quicker than it is. We already have most of the partners lined up for a late July/early August release, and we expect Wiley to be among them. Sorry for building up hopes. In the meantime, we just announced both Science magazine and WP:Taylor & Francis's biology collection which should help for your topical area; also, we have more accounts for WP:RSUK. Astinson (WMF) (talk) 19:20, 18 June 2015 (UTC)

@Astinson (WMF): is Wiley Online Library available in Wikipedia Library already? Would be very helpful. Samat (talk) 01:51, 25 February 2017 (UTC)

@Samat: I no longer work directly on this program. @Samwalton9: coordinates new partner outreach. Astinson (WMF) (talk) 17:59, 27 February 2017 (UTC)
@Samwalton9 (WMF): do you have any news for us? Samat (talk) 12:59, 8 March 2017 (UTC)
@Samat: Not right now, unfortunately, but I'm working on it :) Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 18:43, 8 March 2017 (UTC)
Ok, thank you! Samat (talk) 20:07, 8 March 2017 (UTC)
@Samwalton9: Am checking in on this now two months later— I'd really like to be able to access this database, and am finding that many of the search terms I use are showing up in it (most recently my search for more info on the extraembryonic membranes of a certain parasitoid wasp). Am hoping you can tell me there has been progress (?). Thanks! KDS4444 (talk) 19:58, 18 May 2017 (UTC)
Unfortunately not - will update when I know more. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 10:45, 21 May 2017 (UTC)

Karger Publishers

  1. Karger Publishers: 80+ journals—For WikiProject Primates, it would help to have access to Folia Primatologica. – Maky « talk » 09:09, 11 December 2014 (UTC)


  1. SpringerLink: Scientific documents, including 5 million articles and 3 million chapters. – Maky « talk » 09:16, 11 December 2014 (UTC)
    I should also note that along with Elsevier and Wiley, this is another huge pay-wall for my research. (Although Karger would be very nice, these three are the "holy trinity" for my referencing.) Of particular note, this publisher is the biggest source of secondary sources (books and chapters, along with other articles) in my area of expertise. Though journal articles are very helpful, books and book chapters can be critical. – Maky « talk » 09:32, 2 January 2015 (UTC)
    Seconded. YohanN7 (talk) 21:23, 13 January 2015 (UTC)
    Agreed with the other editors that SpringerLink is very useful. I'd be delighted to link to their resources with the usual Wikipedia Library acknowledgement. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 18:01, 10 March 2015 (UTC)
@Maky, YohanN7, and WeijiBaikeBianji: We have been trying to start a conversation with Springer, and were event told that we had the contact with the right person, but haven't seen a bite yet. I would really like to prioritize Springer, but the recent merge with Nature seems to have shaken up their organization a little bit. Astinson (WMF) (talk) 12:54, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
Definitely keep us posted. Between Wiley and Springer, this covers about 75% of the material I access. Thanks! – Maky « talk » 00:57, 25 September 2015
@Maky, YohanN7, and WeijiBaikeBianji: I did some further followup with both Nature and Springer, and the chaos/focus of the merger has caused a fair bit of delay on their end. We are going to re-explore in about 4-5 months, Astinson (WMF) (talk) 17:53, 3 December 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for letting us know. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (Watch my talk, How I edit) 11:50, 4 December 2015 (UTC)
Hi everyone, just checking in here about SpringerLink. Would be great to access journals and books for WikiProject Computer Security work. Specifically, the International Journal of Information Security would be highly useful. Seba5tien (talk/contribs) 16:49, 25 July 2016 (UTC)
@Seba5tien: We'd still love to get access to Springer/Nature, but they still seem to be unsure who would be the right person at the organisation to handle a partnership like this; we'll try again early next year. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 11:13, 15 August 2016 (UTC)
@Samwalton9 (WMF): any news on this access? :) Samat (talk) 19:12, 12 May 2017 (UTC)
@Samat: Not right now, but it's a priority for us this year. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 10:27, 13 May 2017 (UTC)
Great to hear. Thank you! Samat (talk) 13:41, 13 May 2017 (UTC)

Nature, NPG (Macmillan Publishers Limited)

Nature, NPG (Macmillan Publishers Limited): Another one of the most influential and prestigious scientific journals. Free registration seems to only give access to news and nothing else. – Maky « talk » 17:46, 22 December 2014 (UTC)

  1. I concur that one. This is the journal I requested the most articles in the "article exchange" space. I don't know if this journal is part of any databases or not, but some Wikipedians seems to have access to it since my request always got filled by different Wikipedians. Amqui (talk) 17:24, 11 March 2015 (UTC)
@Maky and Amqui: We have tried to start conversations with them multiple times, but no bites. Hopefully the recent merge with Springer will make them easier to negotiate with, but we have also been hearing that the has also been a bit of an organization/staff change up as the merger is happening.Astinson (WMF) (talk) 13:01, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for the update. This is definitely the pay wall I hit against the most often in my work contributing to Wikipedia. Amqui (talk) 17:04, 13 October 2015 (UTC)
@Maky and Amqui: We got pretty far in our latest round of outreach with Nature, but the chaos of the merger with Springer is preventing a firm decision/commitment. We were told to reapproach in 4-5 months. Hopefully thinks will settle down in the meantime, Astinson (WMF) (talk)
Thanks for the update, and for your work. Amqui (talk) 21:09, 9 December 2015 (UTC)

@Astinson (WMF): Any update on this one? Amqui (talk) 18:03, 28 April 2016 (UTC)

@Amqui and Maky: The last couple times we reached out, they still seem to be not sure who to talk too because of the merger. @Samwalton9: is going to be coordinating most of our outreach to publishers for the foreseeable future -- and Nature/Springer is high on our list of priority partners. Astinson (WMF) (talk) 13:40, 2 May 2016 (UTC)
Thanks, Amqui (talk) 15:40, 2 May 2016 (UTC)
@Maky and Amqui: It's just come to my attention that Gale have access to a number of Nature journals. This might be worth checking out if you're still interested. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 09:36, 26 August 2016 (UTC)
@Samwalton9 (WMF): Thanks, I will check. Amqui (talk) 14:34, 29 August 2016 (UTC)

Westlaw and Lexis

Westlaw and Lexis databases for U.S. court decisions. Huge area of low-hanging fruit for improving our articles on federally reported cases; huge collab opportunity with law schools, hugely important subject matter when knowledge of the law = justice, but said knowledge is locked behind a paywall. SWATJester Shoot Blues, Tell VileRat! 01:51, 18 December 2014 (UTC)

  1. Separately from the U.S. Federal and 50 State reported cases databases (that both WestLaw and Lexis have), also American Jurisprudence and Corpus Juris Secundum, which are basically legal encyclopedias that provide the most bang-for-your-buck. SWATJester Shoot Blues, Tell VileRat! 01:56, 18 December 2014 (UTC)
    As an alternative, Bloomberg Law would be nice: they have BNA products (good summaries of legal concepts), legal news sources, as well as the usual case reporters. —/Mendaliv//Δ's/ 05:33, 18 December 2014 (UTC)
    Hey @Mendaliv and Swatjester: we just opened up access WP:HeinOnline which includes a bunch of academic journals around law. Hopefully that is a good medium term solution: I am looking into Lexis and Westlaw in my next big outreach push. We have tried to contact Lexis before, but haven't found a good path. Sadads (talk) 22:40, 4 May 2015 (UTC)
  2. At least Lexis/Nexis and maybe also Westlaw gave an account to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (also a 501(c)(3)) back when I worked there. So, definitely worth pursuing. And, yes, they are exceptionally useful for legal research. Lexis/Nexis has pre-Shepardized materials (maybe Westlaw does, too), which is basically precedent-tracking research done for us. I.e., not original research, which is very easy to engage in by accident when trying to figure out case law in common law systems, which in turn is something that has to be done one way or another to make sense of many legal and public policy subjects. Better this be done by a source we can cite!  — SMcCandlish ¢ ≽ʌⱷ҅ʌ≼  01:55, 21 June 2015 (UTC)
  3. Losing general LexisNexis access is one of the worst parts of leaving grad school (For me, the business docs more than the legal stuff) – czar 06:54, 19 August 2015 (UTC)
    @Astinson (WMF): I looked through and it has an impressive collection of journals, but it lacks the real meat of what a researcher needs -- the legal encyclopedias (American Jurisprudence and Corpus Juris Secundum), 50-state case law databases (which will be essentially non-existent outside Westlaw/Lexis), and the major, most well-known treatises (Nimmer on Copyright, Farnsworth on Contracts, McCarthy on Trademarks, etc.) or the various Restatements of the Law. Journals are great, but much of what they do is give me one particular law professor or student's opinion on some likely esoteric matter, as opposed to a substantive statement at a glance on what the differences are between jurisdictions on a particular area of law, and where to look to find the most relevant citations. So, if I want to improve articles on U.S. diplomacy from a legal standpoint, I'm better off with the Restatement (Third) of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States, rather than the International Law Review. SWATJester Shoot Blues, Tell VileRat! 06:01, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
    As a policy analyst (among other things), I concur strongly. The 50-state DBs were crucial when I was doing that sort of work, and our current state of the 'pedia in this regard on most subjects it utterly awful. It tends to look like: In New York, a statute [citation here] says Foo. Alaska has a similar law.[citation needed] The Maryland state assembly was considering something like this in 2009. [the end].  — SMcCandlish ¢ ≽ʌⱷ҅ʌ≼  17:04, 2 January 2016 (UTC)
  4. I endorse this wholeheartedly, even to the extent that I think the Wikipedia Foundation should purchase access. Although there are many free sources for case text, Lexis-Nexis offers the ability to “Shepardize” cases to see if they are still “good law,” and Westlaw offers a similar capability. An encyclopædia article on any court case would be incomplete at best unless it is “Shepardized” to see, at a minimum, if the case is still “good law” or if, on the other hand, the outcome has subsequently been reversed. In a paper encyclopædia the omission of this step is excusable, but electronic encyclopædias such as Wikipedia should really offer the advantage of being up-to-date. This need is made particularly acute since both publishers have ended individual, credit-card-based access, and are offering their databases only to firms (companies and law firms) and institutions (libraries and schools) on a subscription basis. I used to use the credit-card based service, whereas the cost of an individual subscription is prohibitive (unless you are a lawyer, in which case failure to verify that cases relied-on are up-to-date may constitute legal malpractice.) And you only need to subscribe either to Lexis or to Westlaw, not pay for both.

2600:1003:B004:C864:0:9:8E97:3201 (talk) 16:44, 1 September 2017 (UTC)

I agree with SMcCandlish and anonymous IP. Lexis and Westlaw are prohibitively expensive for individuals. Consequently many editors who edit legal or law-related articles do not have access to these exceptionally helpful databases.   - Mark D Worthen PsyD (talk) 03:24, 29 November 2017 (UTC)

LexisNexis Academic

LexisNexis is best known for its law databases, but they have great access to newspapers in the LexisNexis Academic database, including papers from the US (national, regional, and local), Canada, and Britain. I fill a good number of WP:RX requests with papers from this database. ~ Rob13Talk 17:52, 11 June 2017 (UTC)

The New England Journal of Medicine

The New England Journal of Medicine, Massachusetts Medical Society, [], contributors on medical stuff. One of the most prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals. Bloubéri (talk) 11:52, 21 February 2015 (UTC)

@Keilana: is doing outreach for this, and may have an update, Astinson (WMF) (talk) 19:21, 18 June 2015 (UTC)

New York Times/Times Machine

Regarded as the newspaper of record in the United States. Pre-1923 material is up for free download as pdfs, but material 1/1/23 onward is paywalled. Carrite (talk) 19:30, 2 April 2015 (UTC)

This would be very useful for copyright clean-up. I have just used the last of my ten free looks for the month of May. -- Diannaa (talk) 14:14, 15 May 2015 (UTC)
@Carrite and Diannaa: We have tried to get access to the NYT archives through multiple routes, but no success yet. Eventually... in the meantime, we have had a lot of success with other newspaper archives, and have 2-3 more in the pipeline, and has plenty of accounts, Astinson (WMF) (talk) 19:23, 18 June 2015 (UTC)

@Carrite and Diannaa: NYT appears to be indexed from 1985 to present at Infotrac. Nikkimaria (talk) 22:56, 10 December 2015 (UTC)

New York Times

Some of its content is available through search engines, but after a certain number in a month access is denied without a subscription. As one of the United States' newspapers of record, its back issues are a valuable resource. Eddie Blick (talk) 21:28, 8 October 2015 (UTC)

@Teblick: We have repeatedly approached the Times, and have repeatedly gotten a firm no. Unlike newspaper databases, Newspapers like the times are not vying for visibility and discovery for researchers: they already have a fairly extensive reputation and visibility. Astinson (WMF) (talk) 18:09, 3 December 2015 (UTC)
Still, it's very disappointing that NYT don't see how beneficial it would be in terms of knowledge. I'm sure eventually they'll relent.♦ Dr. Blofeld 21:53, 11 December 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for that clarification. I'm disappointed, but I understand the reasoning. Eddie Blick (talk) 20:19, 3 December 2015 (UTC)

@Teblick: NYT appears to be available from 1985 to present via Infotrac. Nikkimaria (talk) 22:57, 10 December 2015 (UTC)

News aggregator

Can we have a news aggregator like Factiva ? (talk) 12:07, 5 May 2015 (UTC)

Hi @ Our partnerships with WP:Highbeam, and British Newspapers Archive already aggregate quite a bit of newspaper material. We are also negotiating access with several new historical newspaper databases.Astinson (WMF) (talk) 19:31, 18 June 2015 (UTC)
  • I've used Factiva in the past to catch tons of stuff that has fallen through those databases' cracks. Not sure how much that has to do with package access, but something to consider nonetheless – czar 06:56, 19 August 2015 (UTC)

International Telecommunications Union (ITU)

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) publishes a wide range of documents, some of which are freely available and some of which are only available to ITU members. It would be good if Wikipedia editors had access to the full range of ITU publications. Examples of or lists of ITU publications for which access would be useful:

--Jeff Ogden (W163) (talk) 21:12, 5 May 2015 (UTC)

Early English Books Online (EEBO)

Covering print books published in England between 1473 and 1700, this database shows and allows searching of full scans of original English books: good for tracking down what happened, say, in a first edition of Milton. Covers literature, yes, but also history, religion, politics, philosophy, and many other areas. Link: [1] --Akhenaten0 (talk) 19:30, 7 May 2015 (UTC)

@Akhenaten0: We started talks with them last year, but the team that was helping us, seems to have lost track of this request: I probably will restart the converstaion over the summer. Astinson (WMF) (talk) 15:54, 21 May 2015 (UTC)
@Astinson (WMF): Over which summer? :)
Did you ever get a chance to follow up further on this, and, if so, was any progress made? If not; time for a new attempt perhaps? --Xover (talk) 05:00, 7 August 2016 (UTC)
@Xover and Akhenaten0: Sorry for not updating: this was last summer. The contacts we had for this conversation disappeared, and we have had trouble finding a successful path into Proquest: they simply seem a bit too big, and not to have a clear way to create this partnership. I am now working on WP:GLAM, but @Samwalton9: is now coordinating our partner outreach efforts, and may try to start that relationship. We also should see Proquest representatives at the International Federation of Library Associations Congress next week, I will make sure to visit their booth and see if we can find another contact. Astinson (WMF) (talk) 13:53, 8 August 2016 (UTC)
@Astinson (WMF) and Samwalton9: Any luck at the IFLA Congress? The latest need for this is trying to dig up a scan of the title page of the 1591 quarto of Sir Philip Sydney's Astrophil and Stella (to illustrate its article), and as it's a pretty rare edition the scan in EEBO (the British Library's copy) is one of extremely few available anywhere. The Bodleian Libraries may have it, but that's equally unavailable. --Xover (talk) 08:23, 21 August 2016 (UTC)
An addendum just to illustrate; of the second edition, also printed in 1591, there are 5 copies known to exist. Of the first edition there are two. --Xover (talk) 09:09, 21 August 2016 (UTC)
@Xover: No foot in the door yet, but one possible lead. Will let you know if there is an opportunity. Astinson (WMF) (talk) 14:34, 23 August 2016 (UTC)


With Reaxys you can search Beilstein (Organic), Gmelin (Inorganic and organometallic) and Patent Chemistry databases. Reaxys' search, analysis, and workflow tools are designed around the needs and common tasks of users, including a synthesis planner to design the optimum synthesis route and multistep reactions to identify precursor reactions underlying synthesis of target compounds. Users can filter search results by key properties, synthesis yield, or other ranking criteria. Would be very useful for chemistry articles! Link: [2] Thepcmaniac (talk) 12:20, 10 May 2015 (EEST)

  • @Thepcmaniac: We are still in the pilot phase with Elsevier's current donation (WP:Elsevier) Hopefully we will be able to expand the donation when we next talk to them; I can ask about this particular source. How many editor's do you expect would use this for citations? Who would it be useful for? Astinson (WMF) (talk) 19:34, 18 June 2015 (UTC)

Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Lots of publications especially about humanities and theology/religion studies, but also about philosophy and history; most ebooks and journals are in German but there are also several publications in English. Continua Evoluzione (talk) 13:31, 26 June 2015 (UTC)

Oxford (UK) Libraries

I urge we get access to this []. Oxford students get passwords issued by their colleges. The ability to access digitised texts available there would be very useful. Apwoolrich (talk) 13:37, 3 July 2015 (UTC)

@Apwoolrich:We are happy to support donations of access from university libraries: the Wikipedia Visiting Scholars model (outlined at Wikipedia:Visiting_Scholars/Sponsor) has been very successful with our pilot research universities in the states. These kinds of partnerships tend to work best with someone on the ground doing the outreach, but we have a WIR now! @MartinPoulter: Do you think we could get some type of remote access partnership? We could advise on developing some-type of partnerships similar to what we have been doing with other Uni-libraries. I have been encouraging the dutch to see if they can do something similar with one of their libraries, and it sounds like they might be able to get bulk donations of accounts (something on the scale of 50 or 100 research accounts). Astinson (WMF) (talk) 19:20, 14 July 2015 (UTC)
Also, as a resource, we have created a replicable process guide at Wikipedia:The_Wikipedia_Library/Processes/WVS_establishment for setting up a program on your own. It could be something run by Wikimedia UK, Astinson (WMF) (talk) 19:21, 14 July 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for the ping. I have been promoting the Wikipedia Library in my outreach work and I will explore the possibility of this at the Bodleian. I can't promise anything and I don't know what regulations are involved, but I will make the case. @Apwoolrich: my case will be helped if I have specific examples of articles that users would want to improve. MartinPoulter (talk) 19:50, 16 July 2015 (UTC)
@MartinPoulter: Has there been any interest in library-access for Wikipedia editors? We heard that Koninklijke Bibliotheek in the Netherlands gave out ~50 accounts one time to their databases, for one year periods during an editathon. Most of the limitations for research libraries are tied to the types of, and Universities like Oxford have really good frameworks for Visiting Scholar/Student positions that define the kinds of access available. Astinson (WMF) (talk) 13:22, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
@Astinson (WMF) and MartinPoulter: Editors working in the WikiProject Shakespeare scope would find access to the Bodleian and Ashmolean useful, in addition to the numerous books and journals published by Oxford University Press. The Oxford Shakespeare in particular would be of broad general interest for the project, and they publish a lot of more narrow books and journals in the area. --Xover (talk) 19:34, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
@Xover: Oxford Journals Online is available through WP:OUP, as are some other Shakespeare resources (although not the Bodleian/Ashmolean sources, unfortunately). Nikkimaria (talk) 21:15, 17 March 2016 (UTC)
I would also love to have access to the Bodleian link above. It is a fantastic resource especially on medieval and Irish history. Evangeline (talk) 12:49, 25 October 2015 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Just dropping a note here to keep the request alive. Access to the Bodleian and Ashmolean collections would still be very useful on many literature-related subjects. These holdings are, of course, primary source material, so it would typically be for scans of title pages of works to illustrate an article on that work or its author, or to check stuff like formats, page counts, printers/publishers, and so forth. Or for a scan-backed transcription onto Wikisource. I'm sure there are other uses, but this is what I usually want it for. (and, no, visiting scholar would probably not be an option for me, though I'm sure for others it might be a better option). --Xover (talk) 08:38, 21 August 2016 (UTC)

MIT CogNet

The essential research tool for scholars in the Brain & Cognitive Sciences, with new content added every month. []

World Shakespeare Bibliography

The World Shakespeare Bibliography from the Folger Shakespeare Library would be an indispensable tool for finding sources for Shakespeare-related articles. While slightly narrow in scope, there are currently in excess of 1000 articles in the scope of WikiProject Shakespeare, and there is significant overlap into other fields such as history, theatre, film, music (anything that could conceivably be influenced by Shakespeare has been, at one point or another). --Xover (talk) 12:04, 30 August 2015 (UTC)

@Xover: Do you have a sense of how many editors would need to use it? We have connections at JHU press so might be able to negotiate access for editors. If its mostly for your own purposes, you are also welcome to pitch the editors yourself: Wikipedia:The_Wikipedia_Library/Processes/Pitching_partners. In my experience, bibliographies are hard to use, unless you are a very experienced researcher with a strong inter-library loan connection. You could also try to create a Visiting Scholar relationship if you think it will be just you (see the outline of the program at Wikipedia:Visiting Scholars). In doing so, you might get even more access than the bibliography. Astinson (WMF) (talk) 19:48, 17 September 2015 (UTC)
@Astinson: Hmm. As the Shakespeare WikiProject is rather under-staffed I suspect we're talking on the order of a handful of editors, with perhaps some stray editors from other areas (e.g. Opera, Theatre, Film, Painters, etc.) that may find it of use. And, as you suggest, a bibliography is not a perfect match for the Library program since it doesn't in itself give editors access to the sources (a downside for the editors) and thus editors won't have cause to link to it rather than JSTOR or wherever (a downside for the providers of the resource, here JHU/WSB). I was thinking of it more in terms of "What other resource would be a valuable tool for me" rather than its fit for the Library.
However, I am also a poor fit for either pitching a partner directly or a visiting scholar arrangement (I just can't commit predictable amounts of time to Wikipedia and a potential partner's area). So I think the conclusion is that the World Shakespeare Bibliography must sink to the end of the Library's todo list (somewhere after "Solving world hunger" and "Bring about peace on earth"), and if pitched it will most likely have to be more of purely charitable donation to the project rather than a straight up win—win pitch.
Oh well. Thanks for looking into it, and keep up the great work (everyone): it is very much appreciated! --Xover (talk) 05:54, 19 September 2015 (UTC)
@Xover: The time commitment for Visiting Scholars doesn't have to be huge, and your to do list on your user page, seems sufficiently substantial, to make a pitch for library support. We also have WP:OUP, which includes several Shakespeare bibliographies, so would be useful as well. @Ryan (Wiki Ed): would be the person to talk to if you are interested in that kind of support: we may even try to make it a joint appoint with one or two other Shakespeare editors. Astinson (WMF) (talk) 13:17, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
Hi there. Thanks for the ping. @Xover: I'll follow up regarding Visiting Scholars possibilities at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Shakespeare, in case others are interested. --Ryan (Wiki Ed) (talk) 14:06, 24 September 2015 (UTC)

Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology

Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, Edited by: George Ritzer, eISBN: 9781405124331, Print publication date: 2007, DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405124331.2007.x []

If anyone knows how I could access this, let me know. It would be quite useful for my planned articles on sociology, and presumably, a useful tool for the entire Wikipedia:WikiProject Sociology. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 06:22, 22 September 2015 (UTC)


I have made numerous contributions to Wikipedia from having NewsBank access to newspaper articles from the past several decades at one college library whose librarians thought the students would use it a lot. The resource was too expensive. I am very limited now since the nearest library where I can use it is a few miles farther away. — Vchimpanzee • talk • contributions • 20:16, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

@Vchimpanzee: I am in a really good conversation with them, they want to donate, but organizationally weren't ready to a few months ago. I am imagining we will see a donation in the next 3-6 months. Astinson (WMF) (talk) 13:01, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
@Vchimpanzee: We got a fairly firm no recently, with an invitation to revisit in 6 months or a year. In the meantime, I recommend using WP:EBSCO, and, Astinson (WMF) (talk) 18:03, 3 December 2015 (UTC)
If any of that worked I would have tried it. There is no substitute.— Vchimpanzee • talk • contributions • 17:19, 4 December 2015 (UTC)
@Vchimpanzee: I was very disapointed as well: I am trying another route for getting access to Newsbank's global historical newspapers ([] ). They are developed by the Center for Research Libraries, so we might be able to get a license from them directly. That covers the most glaring topical gaps we have in newspapers, though there are still certain newspapers and periodicals that we can't get, unfortunately. I will keep working on these and other outreach targets. Astinson (WMF) (talk) 18:24, 4 December 2015 (UTC)
I would definitely like if subscriptions to Newsbank were available. There has been requests on the RX for newspaper articles that only Newsbank could fulfill based on the year coverage that Gale did not covered for me. --MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 19:10, 24 May 2017 (UTC)

Politiken and Ekstra Bladet

The historical archives of the Danish newspapers Politiken and Ekstra Bladet: [] and [] would be really nice to have free access to for especially the Denmark related articles. Froztbyte (talk) 20:01, 7 October 2015 (UTC)

@Froztbyte: Have you considered taking this up with the local Wikimedia chapter in Denmark? I'm sure the The Wikipedia Library project can provide support and a framework, but I imagine that approaching these organisations is likely to both be smoother and more successful if done by someone local. --Xover (talk) 03:21, 9 October 2015 (UTC)
@Froztbyte and Xover: We most definitely would like to help the local chapter do outreach for Danish newspapers: I am imagining that local language outreach would work best. Our outreach strategy is documented at Wikipedia:The_Wikipedia_Library/Processes/Pitching_partners, and we would be happy to help with setting up a Danish language branch (see the process at meta:The Wikipedia Library/New branch setup guide). Astinson (WMF) (talk) 18:57, 3 December 2015 (UTC)

Time magazine

As is true with the New York Times, some content is available through search engines, but after hitting a limit, availability ceases. It has much valuable material for those of us who write and edit articles about people and events in the United States in the 20th century. Eddie Blick (talk) 21:31, 8 October 2015 (UTC)

Weekblad Schuttevaer

Is a Dutch magazine for the shipping, fishing and off shore industries. I plan to contact hem myself, with the help of WMF-nl. One question: at Wikipedia:The_Wikipedia_Library/Publishers, the section How it works: "Throughout the process we send you quarterly reports about the number of links to your content on Wikipedia and how that changes over time." Can and should I do that myself, and if yes: how? The publisher is here, some 25 more magazines, but all in Dutch. Regards, Sander1453 (talk) 09:17, 22 October 2015 (UTC)

@Sander1453: Looks great! Sorry for not responding sooner, I seem to have missed your message. You can see our outreach strategy at Wikipedia:The_Wikipedia_Library/Processes/Pitching_partners. If you cc' me during the email outreach, I can help listen to the conversation (even if the outreach is in Dutch), and provide advice if you run into any problems. Once the donation is secured, we can work them into our link metrics quite quickly.Astinson (WMF) (talk) 17:16, 4 January 2016 (UTC)
Thanks Astinson. Unfortunately, I mailed them October 27th, but never got any response. But I'll remember this the next time I'm trying to convince a publisher to do business this way. Thanks, Sander1453 (talk) 22:47, 4 January 2016 (UTC)

Schweizerbart Science Publishers

I was going through the RX and found a few requested resources that could be found here. This publishing house has "books (print and electronic) and journals and series in the Earth and environmental sciences (geology, mineralogy, paleontology), biosciences (plant sciences, zoology, phycology), aquatic ecology and human biology." This would be helpful for the RX in locating science articles --MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 19:32, 24 October 2015 (UTC)

@Saehrimnir: Do you want to do the outreach for this? It would be a good source to get via the German Library branch. Astinson (WMF) (talk) 18:17, 3 December 2015 (UTC)
@Astinson (WMF): I can certainly have a look into that maybe together with @Veronika Krämer (WMDE):.--Saehrimnir (talk) 21:28, 4 December 2015 (UTC)

Journal of Contemporary Social Services

Journal of Contemporary Social Services, [], It would be useful to me in researching evidence based social programs Sultec (talk)

@Sultec: We don't typically persue individual journals, because of how few of our editors they serve. However, I would recommend trying to get access through a local research library (see Wikipedia:Find your source for strategies). You may also want to try reaching out to the journal directly, using our pitch: Wikipedia:The Wikipedia Library/Processes/Pitching partners. If they are willing to donate more than one account, we would be happy to distribute them through the Wikipedia Library. Astinson (WMF) (talk) 18:28, 3 December 2015 (UTC)

Brepols Publishers

I stumbled upon this site while helping out at the RX. This is another publisher that has access to journal articles and books. Here's the link. This site focuses primarily on humanities subjects --MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 21:16, 3 November 2015 (UTC)

Brepols is a very important publisher indeed. Whenever I write on art history or linguistics, for example, papers that came out in journals only available from Brepols are a major stumbling block. Adding them to the Wikipedia Library would be a great catch. Primaler (talk) 17:34, 21 June 2016 (UTC)

Sage Publications

I know that the Wikipedia Library has access to SAGE Stats, but not to the full Sage journals website. It would be helpful locating journal articles. They have journals on Health sciences, life & biomedical sciences, materials sciences and engineering and social sciences & humanities. --MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 22:18, 13 November 2015 (UTC)

@MrLinkinPark333: We realize that, we have begun asking our contacts at sage for the journals: they were our initial priority, but when they offered the stats instead, we took the access with the hope of demonstrating impact and usage further. We have begun asking again for expanded journals access. Hopefully we will get it soon, Astinson (WMF) (talk) 18:16, 3 December 2015 (UTC)


Routledge is described on its website as "the world's leading academic publisher in the Humanities and Social Sciences." As such, it has publications that would be of value not only in my primary area of interest (old-time radio), but in a wide variety of other fields, which should be useful to many Wikipedia editors. As I write this message, the website lists 58 categories in which it publishes material. Routledge is a member of the Taylor & Francis group, which makes some of its material available to Wikipedia editors. I found out today, however, that the current agreement with Taylor & Francis applies only to databases -- not to books. I have found samples of Routledge publications on Google books and used material from those, but of course they provide only a limited number of pages of each book. Eddie Blick (talk) 13:38, 30 November 2015 (UTC)

I second that. I had once the chance to use some of their works about classical studies (Greek history) and they looked very good to me. Lots of their books are available as ebooks on T&F ebooks via subscription. ContinuaEvoluzione 08:42, 1 December 2015 (UTC)
@Continua Evoluzione: Thanks for sharing the link to the Taylor and Francis collection. @Teblick: We have WP:TANDF which has targeted collections from that space. IN particular, we have an arts and humanities collection there that might be useful for you in the radio topics. We are also looking to get more targeted collections from them: so if you find a particular source not including in the current donation, let us know what it is, and we can ask for that access. Astinson (WMF) (talk) 19:30, 3 December 2015 (UTC)
Thanks! I will take a look at what is available in the arts and humanities collection to see if some of it might apply to my research. Three books from Routledge have already caught my attention:
  • The Biographical Encyclopedia of American Radio, edited by Christopher H. Sterling and Cary O'Dell
  • Encyclopedia of Radio 3-Volume Set, edited by Christopher H. Sterling
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of American Radio, edited by Christopher H. Sterling and Cary O'Dell
I'm sure that any of the three would be quite helpful for the kinds of articles that I create and edit. Perhaps the company has PDF copies available. That is how McFarland has provided its books that I have received. I appreciate your help with this. Eddie Blick (talk) 20:42, 3 December 2015 (UTC)

Maney Online

  1. Maney Publishing: "more than 170 scholarly journals, most published in partnership with societies, universities, and institutes." Many books too. Timmyshin (talk) 06:06, 18 December 2015 (UTC)
    @Timmyshin: since they are merging with WP:TANDF, I think we probably won't pursue the relationship. We already have a good relationship with Taylor and Francis, with strong likelihoods of that partnership expanding in the near future. I would recommend applying for the collection you need in that group, that way you are on the waitlist. Astinson (WMF) (talk) 16:58, 4 January 2016 (UTC)

British Universities Film & Video Council

The BUFVC is "a representative body which promotes the production, study and use of moving image, sound and related media in higher education, further education and research". Its services include a number of databases. It also runs Box of Broadcasts (BoB), an online archive of radio and television programmes, including all BBC TV and radio content dating from 2007 (800,000+ programmes) over 10 foreign language channels, including French, German and Italian.

There is a Derby University case study on the use of BoB.

For example, access to this BUFVC recording would enable me to improve Denis Martin and related articles.

It is possible that access may have to be limited to Wikimedians in the UK. We may need negotiate to obtain an ERA licence, first.

As I am in the UK, I would be willing to assist in reaching out to BUFVC, or ERA, or to act as a local point of contact. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 11:02, 7 January 2016 (UTC)

@Pigsonthewing: Sorry for not responding sooner! Did some initial investigation a month ago, and it appears I didn't respond. As always we welcome any initial outreach. I am not sure how consistent, or to what extent we could have access to the whole thing --- it looks like its supported by JISC, which does have geographic bounds. In the past, we have helped support donations secured by WMUK, and would be welcome to do so again. Our pitch documentation is at Wikipedia:The Wikipedia Library/Processes/Pitching partners, if you need language or strategy. Astinson (WMF) (talk) 19:57, 26 February 2016 (UTC)

BearManor Media

BearManor Media publishes a fairly extensive list of books related to film, television, radio and the people involved in them, focusing more on history than on the present day. Most of my creating and editing of Wikipedia articles involves those areas, and I see a number of titles on the company's website that would be useful. I would appreciate someone's investigating whether Wikipedia might establish an arrangement with BearManor like the one it already has with McFarland. Eddie Blick (talk) 02:31, 11 March 2016 (UTC)

@Teblick: Thanks for the great recommendation! That looks like a rather narrow collection, that probably would serve only one or two editors. In the past, with this size collection, we have asked that the editor requesting do the outreach, using our process documented at Wikipedia:The_Wikipedia_Library/Processes/Pitching_partners. Editors have fairly high success rates with smaller publishers. If you do email them, feel free to cc me at, and if a hard question comes up, I would be happy to step in and help. We have had similar smaller asks go very successfully with other editors (for example, WP:Miramar). We find that negotiations are much easier with smaller organizations. We would be happy to list it as a signup, if they agree to give books to more editors, Astinson (WMF) (talk) 14:51, 11 March 2016 (UTC)
@Astinson (WMF): Thanks for your quick reply. After reading it, I skimmed the "Partner pitch guide," but I need to go back and read that document more thoroughly. Will it be all right if I contact you at the email address you listed in order to discuss how I might approach the people at BearManor? Eddie Blick (talk) 15:25, 11 March 2016 (UTC)
Sure that's fine, or we can also talk here. Generally, I would recommend trying their public email addresses. Typically, small outfits like BearManor, have just a handful of staff so any communications that is out of the ordinary (like "access partnership with Wikipedia"), will get to the right person in the office really quickly. Part of the reason, we have WMF staff or more experienced volunteer doing conversations with the larger publishers, is that it takes a lot more wading through bureaucracy to get to the right person, unfortunately. We have also had a lot of success with cold-calling. Having the pitch page open during the cold call, can help with the typical questions you will get, Astinson (WMF) (talk) 15:34, 11 March 2016 (UTC)


AccessEngineering provides access to McGraw-Hill reference publications. It covers 14 major areas of engineering. It would be a valuable asset for developing engineering concepts on Wikipedias, that are not really included in traditional academic databases which focus more on research, and books that are not available in your local library. Amqui (talk) 15:37, 15 June 2016 (UTC)

Elsevier – additional access

It would be great to have access to additional Elsevier content alongside the great range of ScienceDirect journals and books. Information technology journals, such as the Journal of Information Security and Applications, would be highly useful in WikiProject Computer Security work. Thanks! Seba5tien (talk/contribs) 16:55, 25 July 2016 (UTC)

Gale Literature Resource Center


Access to many biographical sources and other journals that aren't included in our other current packages. I'd love to see this added to our Gale partnership. czar 15:13, 15 August 2016 (UTC)

@Czar: I'm speaking to Gale next week; will enquire! Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 22:09, 15 August 2016 (UTC)

"Oxford Scholarly Editions Online" and "The New Oxford Shakespeare"

"Oxford Scholarly Editions" contains things like (my area of interest) the complete set of critical editions of the plays and poems from The Oxford Shakespeare, and all manner of other scholarly editions in many fields. In addition, Oxford University Press has recently announced "The New Oxford Shakespeare" a fully digitally integrated new complete edition of The Oxford Shakespeare. How the content of the one will relate to the other is not clear (maybe the new editions will replace the extant ones on Oxford Scholarly Editions?), but access to either or, preferably, both these services would be wonderfully useful.

PS. Pinging Samwalton9 (WMF) since he's the one that most recently seemed to be talking to OUP (cf. the Bloomsbury thread above). --Xover (talk) 09:59, 13 September 2016 (UTC)

@Xover: Discussions about The Oxford Shakespeare are ongoing :) Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 10:19, 13 September 2016 (UTC)
@Samwalton9 (WMF) and Cameron11598: Any progress on access to Oxford Scholarly Editions Online and The New Oxford Shakespeare? Also, my ODNB access seems to have vanished (but Journals is still there). --Xover (talk) 08:41, 18 January 2017 (UTC)
@Xover: Not as of yet - I'll take a look at where we got to and see if I can push that along. As for ODNB access - I think the accounts might have been for a period of one year and thus will require renewal. I'll clarify that too. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 10:29, 18 January 2017 (UTC)
@Xover: I'm not sure to what you are referring So I'll have to refer to Samwalton9 (WMF) on this matter. --Cameron11598 (Talk) 05:33, 19 January 2017 (UTC)
@Xover: Yes I think your account will need renewal - please put a request in at WP:OUP. Sam Walton (talk) 13:07, 19 January 2017 (UTC)

@Samwalton9 (WMF): Any news on Oxford Schoarly Editions and The New Oxford Shakespeare? --Xover (talk) 08:14, 30 March 2017 (UTC)

@Xover: OUP informed us that they're happy with the current set of resources in the partnership, so unfortunately this won't be added anytime soon. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 11:05, 22 April 2017 (UTC)
That's… disappointing. I guess we'll have to pin our hopes on the other major publisher of critical editions of Shakespeare for primary reference works for the play-related articles then. But thanks for following up with them on this, Sam! --Xover (talk) 11:17, 22 April 2017 (UTC)

National Archives

The US national archives. Holds an enormous number of documents, etc, certainly in the millions. Currently I need about 40 documents from it, for research. scope_creep (talk) 16:40, 18 November 2016 (UTC)

Duke University Press

I came across this publisher while attempting to find a source in the Resource Exchange. This publisher offers over 50 journals that could be beneficial to Wikipeidans. These jounrals include topics on LGBT and women studies. --MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 00:48, 1 January 2017 (UTC)

@MrLinkinPark333: You can get access to most, if not all, Duke content through Project MUSE, see here. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 00:53, 1 January 2017 (UTC)
@Samwalton9: I did see that Radical History Review was on Muse, (which I have access), but it doesn't have the issue which I need. The publisher could be helpful to cover the missing gaps. --MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 00:55, 1 January 2017 (UTC)
@MrLinkinPark333: According to our wonderful new search tool this journal is also hosted by Gale and EBSCO - could you check if they have the issue you need? Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 00:58, 1 January 2017 (UTC)
@Samwalton9: Neither Gale or Ebsco has the year I'm looking for (1994). And I did use the A-Z database for a different search. --MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 01:08, 1 January 2017 (UTC)
@MrLinkinPark333: That's a shame. I'll look into this but since we have access to a fair portion of their content already it's not going to be a priority; if you need a specific item you'll be better off requesting it at WP:RX for now. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 01:14, 1 January 2017 (UTC)

Reference Universe

  • Publication or database name: Reference Universe
  • Publisher: Paratext
  • Website link:
  • Number of potential users: all users for every topic
  • Description:
    • In 2015 Thomas Mann wrote in "The Oxford Guide to Library Research" 4th ed., "This is a subscription file published by Paratext (Stone Ridge, VA) that is an index to all of the individual articles in about 45,000 specialized subject encyclopedias and other reference sources from 750 publishers; coverage extends back to 1980. This database also links directly to full texts of the articles supplied by other sources (e.g., SAGE Knowledge, Oxford Reference, Elsevier's ScienceDirect, CREDO Reference) if your library already has separate subscriptions to these databases."
    • According to Paratext, "35 million links to 50,000 subject encyclopedias, compendia & handbooks", includes "All major e-reference publishers represented", and "E-book and legacy print collection", within "English-language coverage, 1975 – 2016".
  • Username suggesting: Mitchumch (talk) 01:55, 7 January 2017 (UTC)

I.B. Tauris and Mazda Publishers

Would be a great addition for those who are actively involved in history-related topics of the Middle East/Near East.[3][4] - LouisAragon (talk) 01:21, 2 April 2017 (UTC)

@LouisAragon: I've sent a first email to IBTauris and will look into Mazda. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 11:20, 22 June 2017 (UTC)

Film databases

I've got three requests:

The problem is that popular, user-generated databases like the IMDb are unusable on Wikipedia. There are reliable alternatives to the IMDb, but free sites often must sacrifice comprehensiveness or how often they update their database. For example, it can take years before a film shows up in the AFI Catalog of Feature Films. WikiProject Film is one of the more active WikiProjects, and access to any one of these sources would be invaluable, especially in sourcing upcoming films and European films. NinjaRobotPirate (talk) 21:56, 25 May 2017 (UTC)

@NinjaRobotPirate: I'll start with Variety Insight. On a sidenote, when citing their public release date list, you'll probably want to use an archived version since it looks like that list will update as time goes on, removing movies that release. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 11:31, 22 June 2017 (UTC)
Yeah, I usually update it to point to an archived version once it scrolls off. They update the entries occasionally, so using the most recent version possible seems like a good idea. Insight would be a very useful resource. Variety opened up their previously paywalled review archive, so I have some small degree of hope there. NinjaRobotPirate (talk) 15:29, 22 June 2017 (UTC)
I actually just stopped by to see if anyone had suggested Variety Insight. --tronvillain (talk) 22:09, 29 December 2017 (UTC)

The Register of Graduates, U.S. Military Academy

The Register of Graduates, West Point Association of Graduates (WPAOG), Communications and Marketing, 100 potential users (to start)

Formerly, the Biographical register of the officers and graduates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., from its establishment, in 1802 (example) was published at ten-year intervals and provided biographical data on graduates of USMA, including their Cullum numbers. That resource is now maintained by the WPAOG. Because the Register provides useful data and does not contain adverse information, I'm hopeful that the Association will allow access. I've based my potential users count on the approximately 1100 active members of Wikipedia:WikiProject Military history. I'm guessing that the entry point for communication with the Association is one of the people featured on the web page I've cited.

--Georgia Army Vet Contribs Talk 18:13, 2 June 2017 (UTC)

@Gaarmyvet: I'll look into this. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 10:16, 22 June 2017 (UTC)

AIS data for ship tracks

@Bri: Could you clarify which of the features that MarineTraffic offer would be the ones useful to you? I take it that it would be the "Voyage History" data. Just so that I have a good sense of what would be requested. Thanks, Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 10:12, 22 June 2017 (UTC)
Yes, exactly the track history for a particular vessel, like that used to create File:AIS_map_of_MV_ACX_Crystal_2017-06-16_detail.png. This unfortunately had to be done by scraping data from a third party website, if we had access to the track database it would be preferable. - Bri (talk) 17:15, 22 June 2017 (UTC)


fr:Le Maitron (contact info with list of current partners) carries a dozen biographical dictionaries on people associated with labor movements. The entire set is available online, but paywalled. There isn't another resource like this in English, and the French version (print or online) isn't readily available in English-language countries. It would be quite a boon to have access to this resource. Jake/@Samwalton9 (WMF), let me know if this isn't on your docket and I could reach out myself (not in French, though). Or perhaps there are staff from TWL on frwp who can help? I am no longer watching this pageping if you'd like a response czar 22:05, 28 June 2017 (UTC)

Taylor & Francis eBooks

Taylor and Francis eBooks, Taylor and Francis imprints (Routledge etc), purchase options, at least 100 users based on WikiProject Military History, likely many more because there are also books on "Humanities, Social Sciences, Education, Behavioural Sciences, Built Environment and Law." Kges1901 (talk) 09:37, 30 July 2017 (UTC)

MIT Press

I came across this resource while helping a Wikipedian on the RX Exchange. MIT Press has over 30 journals in the arts & humanities. There are also tons of e-books for purchases as well. --MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 19:23, 22 August 2017 (UTC)

@MrLinkinPark333: Are there resources you'd like which aren't currently covered under our existing partnership? Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 09:48, 31 August 2017 (UTC)
@Samwalton9 (WMF): Perhaps the ebooks would be interesting to look into. Also, the website URL that I provided for the journals is a different link than the one on MIT Press's wiki account signup, but both point to the same spot. --MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 20:40, 31 August 2017 (UTC)

MGG Online

Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (MGG), the most comprehensive German music encyclopedia comparable to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, is now available as an online edition [], hosted by Bärenreiter and utilizing the platform of RILM. While previews of all articles are freely available on the web, full access to MGG Online requires a subscription according to the FAQ. Annual subscriptions are currently only available to institutions: libraries, research institutes, schools, and other organizations. Full subscription access to the database would be extremely valuable for all Wikipedia contributors working on (classical) music topics. --FordPrefect42 (talk) 06:53, 1 October 2017 (UTC)

@FordPrefect42: Looking into it! Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 12:20, 2 October 2017 (UTC)
...and where are we now? --INM (talk) 06:22, 16 December 2017 (UTC)
@INM: No further unfortunately. I sent an email or two to contacts we were able to make at RILM, but have yet to hear back. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 11:52, 1 January 2018 (UTC)
This all does not look like moving anywhere... --INM (talk) 18:44, 4 February 2018 (UTC)
@INM: I was able to speak to RILM recently, and it sounds like we should be getting access to MGG! We're just confirming the details. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 12:13, 5 February 2018 (UTC)

South Asia Archive

[] is very useful source for material across fields relating to a high-population region. Shyamal (talk) 12:56, 17 October 2017 (UTC)

@Shyamal: Looks like the best avenue for getting access to this would be through Taylor & Francis. I've asked them if we might be able to get access. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 12:02, 18 October 2017 (UTC)
Thanks for checking. Shyamal (talk) 15:05, 18 October 2017 (UTC)

Sydney Morning Herald

Australia's premier newspaper, with archives back to 1955. [] Doctorhawkes (talk) 03:48, 21 January 2018 (UTC)

Corriere della Sera

Major Italian newspaper with robust online archives: [] czar 21:05, 27 January 2018 (UTC)

Aggregator of over 140 African newspapers, which would be extremely useful for anyone trying to write articles on Africa-related topics (certainly there appears to be a lot of useful content on Zambian MPs, which I am currently trying to create articles on). Number 57 21:10, 8 March 2018 (UTC)

@Samwalton9 (WMF): Any thoughts on this? I'm trying to write articles on Zambian MPs at the moment and around half of the useful info that's coming up is from articles in this aggregator (which are largely invisible beyond what shows up on Google)? It would certainly go a little way to helping address our rather threadbare coverage of Africa. Number 57 22:45, 19 March 2018 (UTC)
@Number 57: Already dropped them an email but haven't heard anything back yet. Will keep trying, looks like a great set of resources :) Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 13:27, 20 March 2018 (UTC)

Rock's Backpages

This website contains a wealth of music journalism from magazines and newspapers of decades past, most of which has been unavailable online. The articles include crucial release and production information, as well as important contemporary reviews. Their archives could help fill in much of the surprisingly large gaps in our popular music articles! SteveStrummer (talk)

Salem Press

I've only poked around in these reference works but already I can tell some are crazy good. This looks more valuable than any database currently in TWL—it's that good. Our unsourced article says they're owned by EBSCO now, but I don't know to what extend Salem products are integrated into EBSCO's offerings. [Edit: Actually looks like Critical Survey of Long Fiction is integrated in one of my former university's EBSCO package, but not sure how that squares with ours.]

(not watching, please {{ping}}) czar 21:55, 21 March 2018 (UTC)


Das Deutsch Digitale Zeitschriftenarchiv comprises thousands of published academic papers in some of the most prestigious journals, e.g. in Egyptology with the Göttinger Miszellen. Most of the sources are in English and German with a few in French. The archiv covers subjects in all fields of science and the humanities and would be a great addition to what we can already access.Iry-Hor (talk) 08:14, 23 March 2018 (UTC)