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Articles generally require significant coverage

in reliable sources

that are independent of the topic.

Significant coverage[edit]

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.

Reliable sources[edit]

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.

Independent sources[edit]

We need independent sources. Not: articles written by the topic, paid for by the topic, their website, or press releases.

Verifiability[edit]

We want readers to be able to verify that Wikipedia articles are not just made up. To do this, cite the information in your article. Non-independent reliable sources can be used for verifiability.

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