Template:Cite sign/sandbox/doc

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This template is used to cite sources in Wikipedia. It is specifically for fixed-location, permanent visual media, such as tourist information signs, museum placards, grave marker inscriptions, cornerstone/building dedication inscriptions, permanently affixed plaques, et cetera. For the purposes of this documentation, such media is collectively referred to as "signs."


Usage[edit]

Full version (copy and paste text below and delete parameters you don't need)
{{Cite sign |title= |trans_title= |language= |subject= |date= |format= |site= |publisher= |location= |viewdate= }}
Most commonly used fields (use this and you won't have to delete as much)
{{Cite sign |title= |subject= |date= |format= |site= |publisher= |location= |viewdate= }}
Example 1

{{Cite sign|title=Cathedral Information |subject=St. Michael's Cathedral |date=12 May 1993 |format=Information placard |site=in the courtyard |publisher=Roman Catholic Church |location=Qingdao, China |viewdate= 21 February 2010}}

(Information placard) Cathedral Information. Qingdao, China: Roman Catholic Church. 12 May 1993.

Example 2
{{User:Noraft/Sandbox/3
  |title=Cathedral Information 
  |subject=St. Michael's Cathedral 
  |date=12 May 1993 
  |format=Information placard 
  |site=in the courtyard 
  |publisher=Roman Catholic Church 
  |location=Qingdao, China 
  |viewdate= 21 February 2010}}

(Information placard) Cathedral Information. Qingdao, China: Roman Catholic Church. 12 May 1993.

Fields[edit]

All field names must be in lowercase.

Copy a blank version to use. Remember to use the "|" (pipe) character between each field. Please delete any unused fields to avoid clutter in the edit window.

Description of fields[edit]

Syntax (for the technical-minded)[edit]

Nested fields rely on their parent fields:

  • parent
  • OR: parent2 — may be used instead of parent
    • child — may be used with parent (and is ignored if parent is not used)
    • OR: child2 — may be used instead of child (and is ignored if parent2 is not used)

Description[edit]

Parameters are as follows:

  • title: The title of the sign.
  • trans_title: If the sign cited is in a foreign language, an English translation of the title can be given here. The template will display this in square brackets after the title field. Use of language parameter is recommended if this parameter is used.
  • language: The language the sign is written in, if it is not English. The template automatically puts parentheses around the text and adds "in" before the language name.
  • subject: The subject of the sign, if the subject is unclear from the title, or if the sign has no title.
  • date: *date: Full date the sign being referenced was posted/published, in the same format as other dates in citations in the same article. Must not be wikilinked.
  • OR: year: Year the sign being referenced was posted/published.
  • format, type of sign (museum placard, gravestone, tourist information sign, dedication plaque, etc.)
  • site, relative site of the sign (at the entrance to the Walker gallery, in plot G row 28, next to a visitor's center, on the West corner of the building, etc.). NOTE: This parameter comes after Format and needs to begin with a preposition (at, in, on, behind, adjacent to, etc.) to present properly
  • publisher: The entity which produced/posted the sign. Should not include corporate designation such as "Ltd" or "Inc".
  • location: Geographical place of publication/posting.
  • viewdate: date the sign was actually observed. NOTE: As per WP:SAYWHEREYOUGOTIT, if you did not actually see the sign yourself, and have learned about it from either text or a photograph in another work, cite the work (using the template appropriate for the medium mentioning the sign) instead of using this template and citing the sign itself.

See also[edit]