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Notability for The Astor Orphan by Alexandra Aldrich[edit]

Hello. I have just finished reading The Astor Orphan by Alexandra Aldrich. It is the memoir of an Astor descendant. I may be interested in writing an article about it, but how would I know if it is notable enough first? If I spend time on it, I don't want it to be deleted. Is there a benchmark for article creations in terms of sales or other forms of notability please? Thank you.Zigzig20s (talk) 10:48, 5 July 2014 (UTC)

@Zigzig20s: Here's how:
  • 1. Search a university database like this: http://info.lib.uh.edu (After entering the book's title, go to the left pane and select "reviews"). If you see at least two book reviews, you know the book is notable as per WP:GNG - You can also get a 14 day trial to Booklist and search for reviews there.
  • 2. If you see book reviews, try using Google to see if they are publicly available. If not, use WP:RX to obtain personal copies.
  • 3. Write your article using the book reviews as sources.
WhisperToMe (talk) 12:04, 10 July 2014 (UTC)

Write Wikipedia articles about books used as sources by Wikipedia articles[edit]

Please write Wikipedia articles about books used as sources by Wikipedia articles. Having these articles can help Wikipedians determine the trustworthiness and aspects of the books they use as sources.

My instructions:

  • 1. Search a university database like this: http://info.lib.uh.edu (After entering the book's title, go to the left pane and select "reviews"). If you see at least two book reviews, you know the book is notable as per WP:GNG - You can also get a 14 day trial to Booklist and search for reviews there.
  • 2. If you see book reviews, try using Google to see if they are publicly available. If not, use WP:RX to obtain personal copies.
  • 3. Write your article using the book reviews as sources.

WhisperToMe (talk) 12:07, 10 July 2014 (UTC)

User:John Carter has some great suggestions: "If you really want to try this your best bet would be to contact Wikipedia:WikiProject Books. I might also suggest creating some articles like Bibliography of Antarctica and some others I and others have created. But there seems to me to be rather little interest in such efforts here. Perhaps(?) a better idea for some topics might be to create pages like those in Category:WikiProject lists of encyclopedic articles for good reference books on specific topics, as recent specialist reference sources often tend to be good indicators of academic opinions. John Carter (talk) 19:27, 10 July 2014 (UTC)" (from Wikipedia:Village_pump_(idea_lab)#An_idea_for_determining_reliable_sources:_write_Wikipedia_articles_about_books_used_as_sources_by_Wikipedia_articles) WhisperToMe (talk) 03:26, 11 July 2014 (UTC)