Help:Introduction to referencing/2

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Why references are important

Inline citations
How to add them

Citations the easy way

Reliable sources
Which sources are good enough?

Review of what you've learned

If you've read many Wikipedia articles, then you'll have seen plenty of inline citations. These are usually small numbered footnotes which link to a full source in a reference section when clicked, like this,[1] although sometimes other styles are used. They are generally added directly after the fact they support, or at the end of the sentence after any punctuation.

When editing a page using the popular footnotes style, inline citations are usually between <ref> and </ref> tags.

All the references then appear together on the page, wherever the {{Reflist}} template or <references /> tag is present. This will usually be in a section titled "References". If you are creating a brand new page, or adding references to a page that didn't previously have any, don't forget to add a references section like the one below, or the citations you went to all that effort adding won't show up. See where to place it.

== References ==
Note: This is by far the most popular system for inline citations, but sometimes you might find other forms being used in an article such as references in parentheses. As a general rule, the first major contributor to an article gets to choose the referencing system used there. If an article uses a different system, just copy it when adding any new references.


  1. ^ Wales, J (2012). What is an inline citation?. Wikipublisher. p. 6.