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Hi, is there any subscription available to the Wikipedia Library that gives us access to PubMed? I find myself needing it increasingly, either for the occasional edit to medical articles, or to review others' edits, including at FAC. SarahSV (talk) 22:54, 7 March 2017 (UTC)

@SlimVirgin, my understanding is that PubMed offers free access (federal government?) to article abstracts and indexing, but the individual articles still belong to their publishing journal/author and are not necessarily open access—they can be behind any number of paywalls. Best bet is likely to request those citations through WP:RX so those with deep ILL and database access can search once and retrieve it. czar 00:15, 8 March 2017 (UTC)
Czar, thank you. I'm about to post an RX request, but I find that I need these articles so often nowadays that I can't realistically post a request every time. Even if not making medical edits, I often see things that look dubious, but I can't see the sources. I was hoping the Wikipedia Library had something that offers access to medical articles—if not access to PubMed (that's a search engine, so perhaps I'm requesting the wrong thing), then MEDLINE. SarahSV (talk) 00:24, 8 March 2017 (UTC)
SlimVirgin, Hey Sarah. We don't have a single medical source, but you can cover a huge amount of content with these:
We're working on making this much more integrated with the developing Wikipedia Library Card platform. In the meantime, you're welcome to sign up for any/all of these. Cheers, Jake Ocaasi (WMF) (talk) 22:39, 11 March 2017 (UTC)
Jake, thank you, this is very helpful. I've put in a request for ScienceDirect, and I'll look at the others to see which to try. Thanks again. SarahSV (talk) 01:39, 13 March 2017 (UTC)
Jake, just letting you know that JustBerry, who coordinates Wikipedia:Elsevier ScienceDirect, has not edited since 17 February. SarahSV (talk) 21:21, 13 March 2017 (UTC)
@SlimVirgin: Hello! Sorry for the inactivity; how may I help you? --JustBerry (talk) 13:00, 13 May 2017 (UTC)

Database suggestions requested[edit]

At The Wikipedia Library we want to make sure that you have the resources you need to write great articles. We've got a great collection of resources (including more than 80,000 journals!) from over 60 partners already available, and have some top priorities that we're working on adding, but we want you to tell us which databases we should be focusing on! If there's a paywalled database/publisher/archive that you wished that you could grab a free account for through TWL for your contributions to Wikipedia, please add a request on our requests page. And if the site is already there, add a +1 and any relevant details about the material you need so that we know there's additional interest - it helps us prioritise and also helps when we pitch the program to them! Thanks, Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 19:03, 24 May 2017 (UTC)

Text of message to JSTOR[edit]

This was blocked by their spam filter.


English Wikipedia makes many references to (see for a list) - mostly to the African Plants collection.

I have transitioned the relevant specimen pages to The remainder require an understanding of the new naming scheme at the appropriate jstor sites, compared to the naming scheme at

I would be grateful if you could supply me with this information.

Yours sincerely,

Richard Farmbrough


Can any of our librarians with direct links to JSTOR help get this message through?

All the best: Rich Farmbrough, 18:07, 27 May 2017 (UTC).[edit]

My request for access to was approved but I never received instructions on accessing this resource. Is this the right place to request assistance? My content creation would be significantly enhanced with this access since many of the articles I create are based upon historical content related to newspaper coverage.

Best Regards,
Barbara (WVS)   22:12, 3 June 2017 (UTC)
Pinging Cameron11598, who handles accounts. @Barbara (WVS): in the meantime, we're happy to help you access individual sources to the extent possible under fair use at the Resource Exchange. We're also able to help with print sources or sources that may not have. ~ Rob13Talk 16:08, 13 June 2017 (UTC)
I can't really ask for a specific newspaper article since I would have to do a search to find it. Thank you.
Barbara (WVS)   18:59, 13 June 2017 (UTC)

Bloomsbury access[edit]

I got an email on May 13 that I had been approved for access to Bloomsbury resources, but I haven't received my credentials yet. Just following up... - PKM (talk) 20:43, 10 June 2017 (UTC)

@PKM: Could you please send me an email? Nikkimaria (talk) 01:07, 14 June 2017 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Village pump (policy)#RfC: Wikimedia referrer policy[edit]

Just to notify you about the ongoing discussion: Wikipedia:Village pump (policy)#RfC: Wikimedia referrer policy. Join in there to comment. --George Ho (talk) 16:48, 13 June 2017 (UTC)