Style guide (Image use guidelines)
These guidelines concern the use of images on the English Wikisource, including criteria for inclusion, uploading to the Wikimedia Commons, and naming and organisational conventions.

Other information on obtaining, converting and uploading image content can be found at Help: adding images

Criteria for inclusion edit

  • Images used on Wikisource must comply with the Copyright policy.
  • Images of designs, photos and other illustrated content within the work:
    • an image used to display part of a document: a diagram, illustration, photograph and other content of an original work;
    • scans used for transcribing, proofreading, and verifying an original document.
  • Other images may be appropriate:
    • Decorative elements found in the original, designs around initial letters, dingbats, and other ornaments.
    • a photograph of an author on the relevant author page;
    • an image directly related to the work, such as a photograph of the event during which a speech is given.
  • Inappropriate images are those which are not part of the original document, those indirectly related to the work, and should not be included on the page. Images relating to works at Wikisource are found at Wikipedia, Commons and other Wikimedia sites.

Uploading edit

Where to upload edit

Wherever copyright restrictions allow, images should be uploaded to the Wikimedia Commons (see the Commons upload page), a multilingual image repository that all Wikimedia projects can use.

Image naming edit

Images should have a clear and informative name. The most specific information should be named first, followed by disambiguating information. For example, "Page 002 (Punch, 17 July 1841).png" or "I'd be a butterfly (Punch, 17 July 1841).png". Placing the most specific information first makes categories more usable, since the images will be labeled like "Page 002 (Punch, 17 ...".

Images that may have new editions in the future (for example, images used in regularly updated works such as the CIA Factbook) should include a version or year. For example, "Page 057 (CIA Factbook, 2007).jpg".

Description edit

The image description should use either the {{book}} or {{information}} template as explained on the Commons upload page. Please use a descriptive image description to help prevent any misunderstanding; images uploaded to the Wikimedia Commons are subject to Commons policy and may be edited by users not familiar with the requirements or uses on Wikisource.

Generally, list the following information if known:

  • type of image (scan, portrait, etc.);
  • author;
  • date;
  • license status;
  • page number, if relevant;
  • any other relevant detail.

For example, "This is a page scan of The Book of the Damned (page 38–39) by Daniel Martin, with illustrations by Leonard DesRosiers. The book was originally published in 1919, so it is in the public domain under United States copyright law."

In addition, always tag a scanned or original image with {{original}} so that Commons users are aware that the image is not to be modified.

Categorization and galleries edit

All images should be categorized and (in some cases) placed in galleries. A "gallery" is a page categorizing related images, so that a single work only appears once in a category instead of once for every image.

If a work contains many illustrations, it may be convenient to create a Commons category with that title; this allows the set to categorised by artist, author, and by subject matter.

The table below summarises common practice with examples. Replaced the terms in italic with the appropriate information.

Image type Categorization
Individual page scans Categorized to "Title of work", categorized to "Author name texts (English)", which is categorized to "Scanned English texts" and "Author name" (if it exists).
Book covers Categorized to "Book covers" and "Author name texts (English)", which is categorized to "Scanned English texts" and "Author name" (if it exists).
Author portraits Categorized to "Author name", which is categorized to "Writers" and "People by name".

See also edit