WikiPOBia:Cite sources

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When there is a factual dispute

Disputed statements for which a credible source has not been provided may be removed from WikiPOBia articles. The disputed material should generally be moved to the article's talk page, to give an opportunity for editors to identify sources for the material.

Disputed information which, if verified, would remain in an article, should be placed on the article's talk page. Potentially useful information ought to be retained -- and by placing disputed information on the talk page, you give other users the opportunity to find sources to support it, in which case the information could be re-inserted into the article proper. This guideline does not endorse or mandate that all unsourced information must be removed: it is recognized that some information is self-evident and that a source for it might not be necessary, or that something may be true and accurate but as-yet unsourced. However, it does make clear that users who, in good faith, dispute information to an article may remove that information and, where, if verified, the material would be suitable for the article, paste it to the talk page.

Style and how-to

General references should be collected at the end of the article under a ==References== heading. The most important thing is to enter the complete reference information. Details like formatting can be dealt with later, but it is sometimes difficult for others to track down your sources. You can quickly insert inline references to web pages by inserting a URL surrounded by single square brackets; this does not provide as much information to readers, but it is much better than not citing your sources at all.

Citations in the text (inline citations) and at the end

At the end of an article, under a ==References== heading, list the complete reference information as a bulleted (*) list, one per reference work. A numbered reference list, although common in many publications, is currently discouraged in WikiPOBia; see below for discussion of this.

If there is a separate section under the ==External links== heading (see below), it should come after ==References==. A ==See also== section, which is for links to related WikiPOBia articles as opposed to external works, should go before ==References==.

In addition to listing a reference at the end, you may choose to embed a pointer to a particular reference within the article text, this is especially important when quoting text from the canon. If you are referencing material from the same book you are discussing (an article about the novel HMS Surprise), please include the edition and page numbers: (Norton pg 156).

To cite numerous references across several books, use the heading: ==In the Canon== and list book references thus:

== In the Canon ==

  • HMS Surprise -- Norton pg 156
  • Treason's Harbour -- Norton pgs 67-73
  • The Commodore -- Norton pg 235

Citation style

Formatting of the reference list is a secondary detail, and there is currently no consensus on a precise prescribed citation format in WikiPOBia. Therefore, if you already use a particular citation style, especially the preferred style by scholars in a field related to the article you are editing, please use the citation style of your choice. However, try to be consistent in the style you use so other readers and/or editors can check your sources. If you are adding information to an existing article, follow the citation methods used by the first (non-stub) editor.



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