Wikibooks:CCO Resources

Books are catalogued using various systems to aid browsing through the Wikibooks:Card Catalog Office. This page explains how to catalog books into the cataloging schemes: subjects, alphabetical list, completion status, and reading levels.

If you have any questions or need help, you can ask in the assistance reading room.

Subject areaEdit

Wikibooks groups together books on a related topic. To ensure books are indexed, add {{subjects|<SUBJECT1>|<SUBJECT2>}} to a book's main page, where <SUBJECT1> is the name of the first subject area and where <SUBJECT2> is an optional second subject. While up to ten can be added in theory, books should only be added to subjects that are as specific as possible. For example, the book Music Theory is located in Category:Music theory, but not in Category:Music, because music theory is a more specific topic than music. Cross categorization should only be used to aid in finding books that are legitimately important to several subject areas and not used to simply advertise new books.

Alphabetical listingEdit

Wikibooks maintains an alphabetized index of books. To ensure books are alphabetized, add {{alphabetical|<CHARACTER>}} to a book's main page. Where <CHARACTER> is the first character in the book's name.

Completion statusEdit

Readers browsing through a certain subject area or classification often want to view books that are complete or closer to completion. In order to indicate the level of completion for a book, add {{status|<PROGRESS>}} to a book's main page, where <PROGRESS> is one of the following: 0%, 25%, 50%, 75%, or 100%. Don't abuse this to try to make your book more popular; misleading readers will cause them to leave in frustration.

Reading levelEdit

Whether it's parents looking for books for children or graduate students interested in furthering their knowledge, the readers of Wikibooks can be quite diverse. Indicating the target audience for a book can be useful in helping readers determine which book will suit their needs best. To do so, add {{reading level|<LEVEL>}} anywhere on the main page of a book; a box will appear at the right-hand side at that location detailing the reading level specified. The <LEVEL> should be one of the following: pre-reader, beginner, intermediate, advanced, or professional.

Practical exampleEdit

Take First Aid. This book sets an example of a book that has been fully and properly catalogued. First Aid includes the following code:

All this ensures that no matter how people browse Wikibooks, they will be able to find First Aid.

The time taken to catalog books correctly will pay off with more people finding it, reading it, and contributing to it, so don't ignore this critical step when you create a new book!

Last modified on 29 August 2012, at 23:00