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Keesing's was founded in 1931 with the intention of creating a lasting archive of original, accurate, and objective articles on the world's political, social, and economic events." The team of writers and editors based in Cambridge, UK create concise, clear articles published every month that provide readers with a digestible, detailed summary of global news. Keesings is donating 25 accounts to Wikipedia editors.


  • You have your preferences enabled to receive email messages on English Wikipedia or on your home wiki linked from your application; (see Special:Preferences)
  • You have an account that is a minimum of 12 months old
  • You have a minimum of 1000 edits to the encyclopedia
  • You do not already have access to this resource through another library or institution
  • You have made at least 10 edits to Wikimedia projects in the last month
  • You are not currently blocked from editing Wikipedia

If you don't quite meet the experience requirements but think you would still be a strong candidate for access, feel free to apply and you may be considered


Approved editors may

  • Search, view, retrieve, and display portions of restricted content;
  • Electronically save portions of restricted content;
  • Print out single copies of portions of restricted content;

Approved editors will not

  • Share their account logins or passwords with others, or sell their access to other parties
  • Mass scrape or mass download Keesings content
  • Systematically make printed or electronic copies of multiple extracts of restricted content available for any purpose.
  • Datamine metadata without permission, in order, for instance, to use metadata for auto-created stub articles.
  • Violate any terms and conditions which appear on the particular pages of the Keesings website they are accessing.

Private and confidential information

  • By applying to the Program, you understand and agree that your name and email address may be shared with representatives of the Wikimedia Foundation, The Wikipedia Library, and Keesings. Wikipedia Library organizers contracted under the Wikimedia Foundation will abide by the Wikimedia Foundation privacy policy and associated confidentiality agreements. Volunteer representatives of the Wikipedia Library are neither employees nor contractors of the Wikimedia Foundation (or Keesings), but they have signed confidentiality agreements with the Wikimedia Foundation with regards to the personal information they may handle for the Wikipedia Library.


  • Editors should always provide original citation information in addition to linking to Keesings resources, per WP:V and WP:SAYWHEREYOUGOTIT.
  • Editors should not provide bare links to restricted Keesings pages
  • Note (subscription required) in the citation, where appropriate
  • Respect the copyright of Keesings, in accordance with Wikipedia's copyright policy and their terms of use
  • Cite resources in line with the citation examples provided below or with the examples provided by Keesings
Note that citation styles vary by article; editors can use the style most appropriate to the articles they are working with so long as the citations are complete.


<ref>{{cite journal|title=Successful Coup Against Patasse|journal=Keesing's Record of World Events|date=March 2003|volume=49|issue=3|pages=45276|url=|subscription=yes}}</ref>

Further participation[edit]

You can help The Wikipedia Library share this partnership:

  • Add {{Wikipedia:Keesings/Userbox}} to your user boxes. This helps us share our project with other experienced users.
Keesings This user has access to Keesing's World News Archives through The Wikipedia Library.


  • Add your username to the Waitlist section with #{{user8|USERNAME|Project=code}} (eg. {{user8|Example|Project=en}}). Currently we do not have any more accounts . Tell us what area you are active in and how you'll use the Keesing's resources

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  1. Buckshot06 (talk · contribs) - longtime user since 2006. Active in content development primarily in military history. Professionally work in this general field. Have raised Russian Ground Forces and Military of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Featured status. Administrator. Buckshot06 (talk) 07:56, 20 June 2014 (UTC)
    Approved expect a Wikipedia User Email soon, Sadads (talk) 16:35, 27 June 2014 (UTC)
  2. M2545 (talk · contribs) Active in histories of cities. Would like access to Keesing's to enrich history of cities in Africa, Middle East, and Asia. M2545 (talk) 11:26, 20 June 2014 (UTC)
    Approved expect a Wikipedia User Email soon, Sadads (talk) 16:35, 27 June 2014 (UTC)
  3. Loginnigol (talk · contribs) Active editor for a couple of years on English and Dutch language Wikipedia. Over 7000 page edits. Contribute editing in many areas but particularly arts, science, music and sports, all of which are areas that I very much need to use a high quality resource archive like Keesing's. —Loginnigol (talk) 11:42, 20 June 2014 (UTC)
    Approved expect a Wikipedia User Email soon, Sadads (talk) 16:35, 27 June 2014 (UTC)
  4. Dolovis - I am active in researching mostly biographical articles (sports bios and others) and am often looking for reliable sources to verify biographical information. Access to these resources would be extremely helpful. Dolovis (talk) 14:12, 20 June 2014 (UTC)
    @Dolovis:: I believe that the Kessing's material is more of global news events, so probably won't be focused on individual biographies. I can approve you if you think it will be of use (and I believe you can return the accounts). But if you won't use it, it would be best to roll that account on to someone else, Sadads (talk) 15:53, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
    I am often looking for information concerning international events such as the Olympics or World Championships, but I will not know how useful this service will be to my research until I use it. Dolovis (talk) 17:43, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
    Approved Expect a Wikipedia email soon, Sadads (talk) 15:53, 10 July 2014 (UTC)
  5. Dream Focus I have been active in the Article Rescue Squadron for years now, finding articles in need of referencing, and helping in doing so. I have edited Wikipedia for 7 years, 11 months and made over 20,000 edits. Dream Focus 15:13, 20 June 2014 (UTC)
    Approved expect a Wikipedia User Email soon, Sadads (talk) 16:35, 27 June 2014 (UTC)
  6. Fuhghettaboutit (talk · contribs) Been bouncing around about 9 years. I spend a lot of time hunting sources for my own work and on behalf of others, for origination, expansion and for verification. Approaching 80K edits (by X's counter) and just had my third featured article promoted. I do not have access through my library or otherwise.--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 21:33, 20 June 2014 (UTC)
    Approved expect a Wikipedia User Email soon, Sadads (talk) 16:35, 27 June 2014 (UTC)
  7. Spinningspark (talk · contribs) Active content provider including FAs and GAs, 45,000 edits. I write historical articles on technical subjects, and where these have made contemporary news, archive articles are extremely useful. SpinningSpark 11:03, 21 June 2014 (UTC)
    Approved expect a Wikipedia email soon, Sadads (talk) 15:53, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
  8. FlugKerl (talk · contribs). 11,000 edits. Research related to aviation history. FlugKerl (talk) 03:55, 22 June 2014 (UTC)
    Approved expect a Wikipedia email soon, Sadads (talk) 15:53, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
  9. wvk (talk · contribs). Mainly activ in German Wikipedia. 11.000 + edits. --Wvk (talk) 10:29, 22 June 2014 (UTC)
    Approved expect a Wikipedia email soon, Sadads (talk) 15:53, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
  10. Lgcsmasamiya (talk · contribs). Active since 2012, +5000 contributions. Lgcsmasamiya (talk) 19:41, 22 June 2014 (UTC)
    Approved expect a Wikipedia email soon, Sadads (talk) 15:53, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
    @Lgcsmasamiya: Without an email address associated with your user account, I cannot communicate the registration information. Please add an email account via the Preferences menu, Sadads (talk) 14:24, 5 July 2014 (UTC)
  11. Manxruler (talk · contribs) I've created 52 articles and made over 37,000 edits, mostly on historical subjects. Would appreciate access to this. Manxruler (talk) 13:14, 23 June 2014 (UTC)
    Approved expect a Wikipedia email soon, Sadads (talk) 15:53, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
  12. Iselilja (talk · contribs) 9,000+ edits the last two years, which include article creation and other content work. Many of my edits are politics-related and I see this source can be valuable both for contemporary and historical topics; and may also be helpful in my effort to sometimes cover other geographical areas than those I typically write about. Iselilja (talk) 15:02, 23 June 2014 (UTC)
    Approved expect a Wikipedia email soon, Sadads (talk) 15:53, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
  13. Designate (talk · contribs) Active editor in politics and history. —Designate (talk) 17:03, 23 June 2014 (UTC)
    @Designate: You more than qualify, however, looking at your editing history, you work mostly in 19th century American politicians. The database focuses on post 1930 global news topics. Could you confirm how and why you think this database would be of use for you? Sadads (talk) 15:53, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
    That's been a recent focus, but I've worked quite a bit on contemporary politics and I've often relied on newspapers for sources. —Designate (talk) 22:46, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
    Approved expect a Wikipedia email soon. Thanks for confirming! Sadads (talk) 14:26, 5 July 2014 (UTC)
  14. Pokey5945 (talk · contribs)I edit primarily on social movements, and easily meet the experience requirements. Thanks, Pokey5945 (talk) 20:12, 23 June 2014 (UTC)
    Approved expect a Wikipedia email soon, Sadads (talk) 15:53, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
  15. Correogsk (talk · contribs) I am interested in improving my research job about the history of science in Mexico, mainly regarding the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the National Polytechnic Institute and El Colegio de México (the importance of the influence of Spanish scientists who arrived due to the Civil War in Spain).--Correogsk or Gustavo (Editrocito or Heme aquí) 23:47, 26 June 2014 (UTC)
    Approved expect a Wikipedia email soon, Sadads (talk) 14:34, 5 July 2014 (UTC)
  16. Number 57 (talk · contribs) Active editor since 2005, around 80,000 edits and 5,000 articles created. Most of them are about elections, referendums and political parties. Keesings would be a very valuable source for historical election results, as free resources are scarce. Number 57 22:33, 28 June 2014 (UTC)
    Approved Expect a Wikipedia user email soon, Sadads (talk) 13:12, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
  17. Davidcannon (talk · contribs): I contribute mostly to Fiji-related articles; I intend to branch out into other Pacific Island- related articles. Finding credible sources is a pain in the neck. But Keesings looks like a great resource. If I find that it's of no use to me, I'll give it up. David Cannon (talk) 08:31, 6 October 2015 (UTC)
    @Davidcannon: Approved Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 18:38, 26 October 2015 (UTC)
  18. Chuangzu (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I have been active editing on Wikipedia since 2006, my main area is Chinese Martial Arts and Taoism in the United Kingdom, in particular the history of the Lee style T'ai Chi and the author Chee Soo, I am also interested in the history of West Penwith in Cornwall, United Kingdom, where I live miles from the nearest University or Library which is why I conduct research using the internet.Chuangzu (talk) 18:20, 6 October 2015 (UTC)
    @Chuangzu: Approved Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 18:38, 26 October 2015 (UTC)
  19. Bogger (talk · contribs) active since 2006, interests are articles about Ireland and the Irish, Science, food and culture, have made extensive use of Questia, Highbeam, and BNA Bogger (talk) 14:31, 14 December 2015 (UTC)
    @Bogger: Approved Expect an email shortly with further details. Nikkimaria (talk) 02:34, 19 December 2015 (UTC)


  1. Bejnar (talk · contribs) Active since December 2005, I do a lot of citation work and verification. I often write one or two new articles per month. I do mostly non-BLP biography, geography, and occasional geology articles. In the past I have worked on Afghanistan history and geography, Libyan history and geography, Burma history and geography, New Mexico history and geography, East and Southern Africa geography and some history and Indian geography, as well as a lot of miscellaneous stuff. WikiChecker says I have over 40,000 edits, and Pages created says I've created 1290 new pages, excluding redirects, but including new disambiguation pages. I expect to use the Keesings resources mostly for verification in existing history, biography and geography articles. Today I used the sample to start to update and correct the Tony Yengeni article, but I ended up citing the Guardian article that Keesings cited, as it was still available on the web, and was more detailed. --Bejnar (talk) 23:42, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
  2. codrinb (talk · contribs) I frequently contribute to archaeology and history articles, and having access to Keesings would allow me to source these articles using academic papers and books on the mentioned topics.--Codrin.B (talk) 21:26, 22 June 2014 (UTC)
    @Codrinb:- This topical database is focused on summarizing major events post-1930. Based on your description and editing history: are you sure this would be of use to you? See description at jcsonline, Sadads (talk) 15:53, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
    I occasionally contribute to WWII and communism related articles as well, granted not as much as Antiquity and Middle Ages. It would be great if I could get an account but if there are others who are more active in the the post-1930 period, then I am fine if they get higher priority. --Codrin.B (talk) 12:46, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
    @Codrinb:I am going to put you down in the waitlist for now. The next user on the wait-list does contemporary topics directly related to the database's main holdings. We can revisit your access when more accounts become available, Sadads (talk) 13:07, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
  3. Roman Spinner (talk · contribs) I have been editing for nearly 8½ years (since January 2006) on an almost-daily basis and have over 17,700 edits. My article creation extends to film, television and theater topics as well as to history and literature. I would like to use Keesings in creating British-oriented articles on these and other topics. —Roman Spinner (talk)(contribs) 00:19, 27 June 2014 (UTC)
    @Roman Spinner: Most of the news covered by Keesings is major current events in the political, social, and scientific, post-1930. Based on your description and editing history: are you sure this would be of use to you? See description at jcsonline, Sadads (talk) 14:34, 5 July 2014 (UTC)
    It is always desirable to have access to a variety of research sources, and I have worked on a number of articles dealing with politics and history, however, taking into account the limited number of available spaces for applicants, I withdraw my entry. —Roman Spinner (talk)(contribs) 15:30, 5 July 2014 (UTC)
     Request withdrawn @Roman Spinner: Thanks: when we get more accounts available, we will revist users that were on the edge of usefulness for the database (as happened recently with WP:BNA), Sadads (talk) 15:39, 5 July 2014 (UTC)
  4. Graemp (talk · contribs) access to Keasing's older UK political content will help me to improve the edits I make in this subject area.Graemp (talk) 19:35, 15 January 2017 (UTC)


  1. Dsouzaron (talk · contribs) I need access to news sources to improve some of my stubs and add others. Dsouzaron
    Approved expect a Wikipedia email soon, Sadads (talk) 15:53, 3 July 2014 (UTC)