Wikipedia:The answer to life, the universe, and everything
Articles generally require significant coverage
in reliable sources
Significant coverage in sources is required to show that a topic meets the general notability guideline (GNG). This means sources that discuss the topic directly and in detail. Not: passing mentions, directory listings, or any old thing that happens to have the name in it.
We need reliable sources. Usually this means that the publisher has a reputation for fact checking. These might be newspapers, books, or periodicals. Not: forums, fansites, MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, or most blogs.
We need independent sources. Not: articles written by the topic, paid for by the topic, their website, or press releases.
- For an explanation of the title of this page see The answer to life, the universe, and everything.
- This document is intended for new editors writing an article with a topic whose notability is supported by the GNG. Other topics are supported by Subject specific Notability Guidelines.
- This is not a Wikipedia policy or guideline; please defer to such in a case of inconsistency with this page.
- WP:42, WP:Golden rule, and WP:ANS link to this page.