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Welcome to WikiProject Reference works. Several Wikipedians have formed this collaboration resource and group dedicated to improving Wikipedia's coverage of reference works and the organization of information and articles on this topic. This page and its subpages contain their suggestions and various resources; it is hoped that this project will help to focus the efforts of other Wikipedians interested in the topic. If you would like to help, please add yourself as a participant in the project, inquire on the talk page, and see the to-do list, below.


Our goal is to improve Wikipedias' coverage of reference works. In order to do that we intend to:

  • Create a central location where interested readers may find information on Wikipedias' coverage of reference works (ergo, this page).
  • Bring together Wikipedians who wish to work on improving coverage of reference works, communicate with each other, share experiences, ask for and receive feedback etc.
  • Create a system to rate and monitor the progress of articles, categories and other material related to reference works. Somewhat like this.
  • Add WikiProject banners to the talk pages of relevant articles, so interested readers may be directed to pertinent information on reference works

What are reference works?[edit]

For our purposes reference works include:

and others.

Dictionaries include both narrowly linguistic works (ergo the Oxford English Dictionary) as well as topical works (ergo Oxford Classical Dictionary). Same goes for works labelled thesaurus, lexicon or glossary.

Encyclopedias include both general works (for instance, the Encyclopædia Britannica) and specialized encyclopedias (The Encyclopedia of New York City).

In addition, there are also reference genres which are specialized to particular topics. For instance, florae are reference works which illustrate and describe plant life, usually in specific locations ergo, Flora Novae-Zelandiae. Others include pharmacopoeias, herbals, armorials, atlases, film and music guides.

Editing advice[edit]

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Open tasks[edit]

WikiProject banner[edit]

  • Create a WikiProject banner
    • OK, I think I have correctly created a rudimentary banner.
WikiProject Reference works (Rated Project-class)
WikiProject iconThis article is within the scope of WikiProject Reference works, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of reference work-related subjects on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks.
 Project  This article has been rated as Project-Class on the quality scale.
      • If I did anything wrong, anyone is welcome to correct it.
        • I still haven't figured out how to create the proper functions for rendering article status, ergo, stub, start class, list class. Perhaps someone who is more experienced in created templates could help.
        • @John Carter: Could you expand the template functions for this banner? I can't really figure it out.--Bellerophon5685 (talk) 20:34, 15 July 2016 (UTC)

Tagging talk pages[edit]

  • Add banner to relevant talk pages
    • Banner added to all the encyclopedias I could find under continent, language and date, though it is likely I have missed some. Have not added banner to individual encyclopedists. Have also added banner for fictional, childrens and encyclopedism.--Bellerophon5685 (talk) 19:35, 7 July 2016 (UTC)

Finding members[edit]

  • Alert other wikipedians to the existence of the project and see who wishes to join
    • Pinged several Wikipedians who expressed interest in the project

Other tasks[edit]

  • Create table of articles and other content included in project and their current quality and importance Done
  • Finish overall project page.


Please feel free to add yourself here, and to indicate any areas of particular interest.

  1. Ringbang (talk · contribs) I'm interested in working on reference works for visual arts, cultural anthropology, queer studies, African studies, and Asian studies. 04:21, 6 July 2016 (UTC)
  2. Bellerophon5685 (talk · contribs) My main interest in reference works are encyclopedias, both general and specialized, but am willing to work on other reference genres as well.--Bellerophon5685 (talk) 17:03, 6 July 2016 (UTC)
  3. Keahapana (talk · contribs) I'm primarily interested in working on Chinese and Japanese reference works, but glad to help with ones in other languages too. 21:18, 6 July 2016 (UTC)
  4. John Carter (talk) 15:52, 28 November 2016 (UTC) Primary interests are expanding the Bibliography of encyclopedias and Bibliography of reference works pages and, maybe, finding sources in journals and suchlike to provide a basis for separate articles on works.
  5. JarrahTree (talk · contribs) reference works, almanacs, year books, and obscure topic encyclopedias - including australian items JarrahTree 01:50, 5 December 2016 (UTC)
  6. 10W40 (talk · contribs) I rewrote Encyclopedism and nominated it as a good article.
  7. SMcCandlish ¢ >ʌⱷ҅ʌ<  – style guides, dictionaries, and their editors. I actually rewrote Style guide and associated list articles, then lost them in a system crash before I'd saved them. Whole day's work. Will do it again some day.
  8. Asianflavoure (talk · contribs) (I am interested in working on the copyright infringements of reference works) 03:40, 4 October 2018 (UTC)



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New articles[edit]

Please feel free to list your new Reference works-related articles here (newer articles at the top, please). Any new articles that have an interesting or unusual fact in them, are at least over 1,500 characters, don't have any dispute templates on them, and cite their sources, should be suggested for the Did you know? box on the Wikipedia Main Page.

Fictitious Entry Lawi Encyclopedia of Law

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To display all subcategories click on the "►":
Reference works(36 C, 24 P)
Reference material lists(1 C, 12 P)
Almanacs(4 C, 64 P, 1 F)
Atlases(6 C, 80 P)
Bibliographies(2 C, 8 P)
Bodies of knowledge(10 P)
Chronicles(6 C, 8 P)
Citation indices(1 C, 23 P)
Concordances (publishing)(1 C, 6 P)
Consumer guides(3 C, 38 P)
Dictionaries(7 C, 18 P)
Directories(15 C, 75 P)
Encyclopedias(14 C, 7 P)
Florae (publication)(1 C, 76 P)
Gazetteers(1 C, 39 P)
Glossaries(24 P)
Handbooks and manuals(2 C, 122 P)
Labels(3 C, 21 P)
Online databases(21 C, 304 P)
Books of quotations(17 P)
Reference publishers(16 P)
Reference websites(2 P)
Rolls of arms(1 C, 20 P)
Style guides(5 C, 14 P)
Thesauri(37 P)
Trivia books(2 C, 28 P)
World record databases(1 C, 6 P)
Yearbooks(2 C, 43 P)
Reference book stubs(3 C, 149 P)



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