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When adding information to an article, it is a good idea to cite your sources. Adding a citation is quick and easy and helps other editors check and improve your writing. However, it is not always necessary if you can demonstrate to other editors that you have carried out significant research in the subject matter. This policy differs to that of Wikipedia, which prohibits the citation of your own research.
The following section will cover adding a citation. However, users may leave a message on the discussion page for an article if they're unsure about adding citations.
Adding a citation[edit | edit source]
Desktop[edit | edit source]
In both the visual editor and the source editor, citation tools are contained within the
Cite dropdown on the editing toolbar. In the source editor, the buttons for inserting a citation are under the
Templates dropdown, whereas in the visual editor they appear straight away. Choose a medium (most of the time
Website (Visual editor) or
cite web (source editor)) and a popup window will appear.
Mobile[edit | edit source]
Adding citations from a mobile device can be fiddly, but the same citation tools are available within the visual editor. The source editor does not have citation tools. To switch editors, tap the pencil icon at the top of the screen. The cite menu can be accessed by tapping the icon in the editing toolbar.
Parameters[edit | edit source]
Do not worry about filling every box. The only required fields are the URL and title, however the more parameters are filled in, the better the published article will look. A barebones citation is better than no citation at all.
|Title||Title of the article.||Yes|
|URL||Full address of the webpage.||Yes|
|Publisher||The name of the website, or whomever published the article.||No|
|Website name||The name of the website, if it is different to the publisher.||No|
|Source date||The date the article was written.||No|
|Access date||The date the webpage was accessed, usually the current date.||No|
|Author first name||No|
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Do not cite Wikipedia, or another wiki. If the article is adequately referenced, find the sources under the "References" menu and cite them instead.
- Generally it's best to avoid citing the RCDB and instead use Template:RCDB.
- When citing a video, include a timestamp in the
Titleof your citation so other editors can quickly find the useful information.