Using the Wiki
Welcome to Documents in Russian History:
A Primary Source Wiki
This site was originally created by Nathaniel Knight in 2000 with the support of a Seton Hall University Curricular Development Initiative Grant to the University's Russian and East European Studies Program. In 2008, under the auspices of a Seton Hall Faculty Innovation Grant the site was reconfigured as a wiki.
Documents in Russian History is administered by Professor Knight in collaboration with an editorial board made up of specialists in Russian history with an interest in new media and the development of on-line resources. At the present time the members of the editorial board are as follows:
- Dr. Yanni Kotsonis, New York University
- Dr. Marshall Poe, University of Iowa
- Dr. John Randolph, University of Illinois
- Dr. Paul Werth, University of Nevada
Use of the materials on Documents in Russian History is authorized under a Creative Commons license for non-commercial education use only. Use of these materials for commercial purposes is a violation of copyright.
Contributing to Documents in Russian History
Anyone can read these documents and use them freely for educational and scholarly purpose. Users also have the ability, since this is a wiki, to add documents of their own and to contribute questions, analysis and suggestions through the discussion pages. To contribute, users should first create an account by following the link on the right hand side of the page.
Pages are created and edited using the Media Wiki mark-up language. Basic text can simply be entered into the editing window. For more complicated formatting refer to the MediaWiki User's Guide.
Documents contributed to the Wiki should concern some aspect of the history of Russia in its various manifestations (Muscovy, the Russian Empire, USSR, Russian Federation, etc.) and should have a clear pedagogical or scholarly rationale. All documents contributed much be free of any copyright restrictions. What this means, practically speaking, is that the documents tend to fall into two categories: 1) texts in the public domain; or 2) original translations of historical texts. If you have a text that doesn't fit into either of these categories, you may want to consult with an editorial board member before contributing it to the Wiki. Documents that are in clear violation of copyright restrictions are liable to be removed from the wiki.
When you submit a document, you should understand that others will have the ability to make corrections, changes, amendments, comments, etc. At the same time the editors will monitor the documents and have the ability to restore the text to its earlier state should changes prove to be unjustified or ill-intentioned.
The following guidelines apply to the submission of documents:
1) The working language for the wiki is English. If you wish to include a text in its original language, this is fine, but it must be accompanied by an accurate English translation.
2) Always indicate the source of the original text. If you have submitted a translation, you must include a citation back to the source in the original language. If the text is in the public domain, you must give the full date of its original publication.
3) A brief introduction and notes can be included at the discretation of the contributor. More detailed discussion and analysis, however, should take place on the discussion page that accompanies each document.
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