Source Sheets FAQ

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How do I get sources on to my source sheet?

Click on the blue "Add" button at the top left side of the screen. Select "source," and Sefaria will give you the option to type in the citation, and then click "add this source" once you have the correct citation. Alternatively, after selecting "source," you can click on "Browse" within the box that pops up, and that menu will allow you to see and select the text that you want to add to your source sheet. Again, once you click "add this source," it will appear on your source sheet.

How can I include ranges of texts, or paragraphs instead of just lines?

From main texts page, when you click a line of text it will stay black while all the other lines turn grey and the (+) button will appear with the option to copy that line to Source Sheet.

To copy more than one line at a time, you can then click a second line. Every line before the first you clicked and the second should then be black, indicating it's selected. When you choose "Add to Source Sheet" now, it will copy the whole selected paragraph.

From inside a source sheet, when typing a citation you can type a range like "Genesis 4:6-12". When using the Browse Texts button, you can drag your mouse to select multiple lines at a time to copy.

How do I include texts from outside Sefaria in my source sheet?

To include an outside text in a Sefaria source sheet, move your cursor to “Add” at the top left of the screen. Then select “Outside Text” if you wish to include a text in only one language. If you wish to include a text in the original and in translation, select the “Outside Text (Bilingual)” option. When you select “Outside Text,” a text box will appear in your source sheet into which you can copy and paste the text you wish to include. When you select “Outside Text (Bilingual),” two text boxes will appear.

Is there an easy way to add texts that are related to those already on my source sheets?

Sefaria knows about different kinds of connections between the texts in its database (see here for more information). These connections make it easy to find and include additional texts to your source sheet that are related to a text already on your source sheet. To do so, move your cursor to the arrow on the right-hand side and above a text already on your source sheet and select “Add all Connections.” A dialogue box will appear listing the number of connected texts according to category (such as Tanakh, Talmud, and Midrash). You may then check the categories from which you would like to add texts related to the original text, and click the “Add” button to import them into your source sheet.

What if I want to rearrange my sources?

Once a source is on your source sheet, you can click and drag to move it somewhere else.

Can I change fonts or text color in my source sheet?

Yes! When you click in to a text on your source sheet, Sefaria opens a text editor. It works pretty much like your word processor - you can bold, italicize, underline, change colors and fonts, highlight text, and move things around.

How can I add images to my source sheet?

Currently, images are only support in Source Sheets by embedding images that already have a public link on the web. If you find an image online, you'll want to copy the URL to that image first. If you have an image on your computer, you'll first need to upload it to a public website (such as imgur or Dropbox) that can give your image a publicly accessible link.

You can then add an image inside any text of comment in a sheet. Click the text to edit it, then click in the "image" icon in the editor toolbar. An options window will open that will allow you to add the image by entering its URL. Other options in this window will allow you to control its size and placement as well.

Tell me about the formatting options on this source sheet builder!

The buttons in the upper right-hand corner are the language controls. You can switch between Hebrew, Hebrew-English, and English with the Alef/A buttons. The paragraph buttons give you control over where the two languages go. In the bilingual mode, two sets of buttons with lines in them give you the ability to arrange the English and Hebrew side-by-side or stack them one on top of the other, with just a click of your mouse. The options menu gives you the ability to number your sources, and to put boxes around your sources.

What is a collaborative source sheet?

A collaborative source sheet (here’s an example) is one that can be edited by multiple users. To make your source sheet collaborative, clic on the "options" menu at the top left of the screen. Then move your cursor down to “Collaboration,” and select “Anyone can Add.” If you make your collaborative source sheet public, any Sefaria user will be able to add sources to or otherwise edit your source sheet. If you make your collaborative source sheet private, then only those to whom you have given your source sheet’s link will be able to edit the source sheet. If another user adds a source to your collaborative source sheet, his or her name will appear underneath their contribution.

What is a group source sheet?

Institutions (such as schools and synagogues) may email Sefaria ( to create a Sefaria “group” for their institution. When a Sefaria user affiliated with a group creates a source sheet, he or she may choose to share that source sheet only with other members of that group. Only the other group members can view the source sheet; it is not public. You may also choose to have an institutional or group logo on the sheet. If you email that to Sefaria as well, it will automatically be added to any source sheet within your group.

Can you give me some ideas as to how I might use Sefaria as an educational tool?

So glad you asked! Check out our special page for educators to see some suggestions.

How do I make a source sheet public?

When you make a new source sheet on Sefaria, it is private by default. To make a source sheet public, move your cursor to “Options” at the top left of the screen. Then move your cursor down to “Sharing,” and select “Public.” You can make your source sheet private again at any time by clicking “Private” under “Sharing.” To share a private source sheet with someone without making it public, you can send them your source sheet’s unique URL (by copying and pasting it into an email, onto Facebook, etc.).

Why should I make my source sheet public?

No pressure. But we think it’s great to have a public, freely reusable repository of source sheets easily accessible online. We encourage people to always give credit to others, whether they are using the actual source sheet made by someone else, or just drawing on the work of others for inspiration. Studying Torah is about being part of a conversation, and we believe that our public source sheets will draw people in to this conversation and help them connect with one another and with new ideas.

Can I use someone else’s public source sheet?

Yes! Simply open up the source sheet and go to the “Options” at the top left of the screen. Then select “Copy Sheet.” Sefaria will make a copy of the source sheet that you can edit as you wish.

Can I save my source sheet as a PDF?

Yes - just go to "print" under the options menu. Click on it, and you will have the option to save it as a PDF.

What’s the best way to print a source sheet?

Unfortunately, creating a web application that prints consistently across all browsers and operating systems is not a simple task. Be aware that your source sheet may look slightly different depending on the browser you print it from. We very much want to do the work to fix these issues, but in the meantime here are some tips for printing:

  1. Make use of the “Print Preview” feature in your browser's print dialog. This will give you a preview of how your sheet will break over pages, and allow you to make any adjustments before printing.

  2. From the print dialog, you can also save a sheet as a PDF. Once saved as a PDF, your sheet will print reliably across systems.

  3. If you want to add black space between sources to ensure the pages break as you like, you can add a comment between sources and then hit “enter” as needed in the comment to add space.

When I print my sheet in includes headers or footers that I don't want, or the margins are wrong. What can I do?

A lot of control over printing comes not from Sefaria itself but from your browser's / operating system's print controls. After you click "Print" from Sefaria you can find many options like turning off the headers and footer, adjusting margins or scaling the entire sheet. Each browser and OS has a slightly different set of options, so you may want to search the internet for instructions specific to your setup. A general guide to print options in Chrome from be found here, and a general guide to options in Windows here.

What if I want to put a Sefaria source sheet on my own blog or website?

No problem! You can put a Sefaria source sheet anywhere you like. Within the options menu, click on "embed sheet," and Sefaria will give you embed code to use on your site.

Can you add _____ feature to the Source Sheet Builder?

The Source Sheet Builder is one of our most popular features. To date, users have made more than 15,000 source sheets. We have a long list of source sheet feature requests that we would love to implement — if only we had unlimited time! Which is just to say, we can’t always get to every feature request right away. But hearing specific requests about features that would make the Sefaria experience better is very important to us in deciding what to work on next, so please keep the suggestions coming!