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I've created this page to avoid duplication. It is transcluded at WP:Citing sources, hence the NOINCLUDE tags at the start of the article, which are only displayed here. Martin (Smith609 – Talk) 04:34, 21 September 2008 (UTC)

Move to Help[edit]

Since this is really a how-to page, propose this be moved to Help namespace. ---— Gadget850 (Ed) talk 13:27, 6 February 2012 (UTC)

Agreed, as this really does not lead where I thought it would. Kevin Rutherford (talk) 02:36, 14 February 2012 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done ---— Gadget850 (Ed) talk 14:16, 21 February 2012 (UTC)


A bot-filled template that did ISBN -> "cite book" would be really useful. —Ashley Y 00:26, 28 February 2012 (UTC)

Bookmarklet for quick creation of references and external links[edit]

I created a bookmarklet for automatic creation of citations. With a single click you can generate a reference or an external link from an online newspaper article. The bookmarklet needs extra code added for every website in order to "learn" that particular website, and the code must be updated every time (very rarely) a website changes the way it's storing those key elements (title, author, date) in their HTML pages. That implies a little work but it's so much worth it! I am using it very much (on Romanian Wikipedia), and it's saving me lots and lots of time. If more people find it useful, then we can grow together the script to make it capable to handle the most well known websites. Those who would like to try it can find the script here: User:Ark25/RefScript. Such a bookmarklet is the best solution for creating citations because:

  • you don't depend on an external server, which might work or not
  • you don't depend on a browser addon, which might work or not
  • it works in Firefox and Google Chrome, and maybe it can be made to work in Internet Explorer (I don't have much time to test that though)
  • it's super-fast

This is how the script works:

Say you have a link like this:

After visiting the link, you click the bookmarklet. The script can generate a reference using the {{cite web}} template:

<ref name="BBC_2013-09-19c">{{cite web |url= |title=Sea otter return boosts ailing seagrass in California |newspaper=BBC |date= 26 August 2013 |last=Suzi Gage |accessdate=2013-09-19}}</ref>

or it can generate a plain reference like this:

<ref name="BBC_2013-09-19r">[ Sea otter return boosts ailing seagrass in California], 26 August 2013, Suzi Gage, ''BBC'', retrieved at 2013-09-19</ref>

Or it can generate an external link, looking like this:

* [ Sea otter return boosts ailing seagrass in California], 26 August 2013, Suzi Gage, ''BBC''

The output will be like this: [1] [2]


  1. ^ Suzi Gage (26 August 2013). "Sea otter return boosts ailing seagrass in California". BBC. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  2. ^ Sea otter return boosts ailing seagrass in California, 26 August 2013, Suzi Gage, BBC, retrieved at 2013-09-19

External link:

In order to change the output of the script, you just have to change the last variable, from "sc" to "sr" or to "s".

For the moment, the script can only handle a few sites (BBC, Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Ars Technica, TG Daily), but the good part is that everyone can teach the script how to handle a new website. If for example you are using a lot The New York Times for citations, you can teach the script how to find the key elements (title, author, date) into that newspaper's online articles and then you can save a lot of time by creating citations with a single click. I am not using often English newspapers for the citations I create, but I developed the script to handle about 30-40 most important Romanian newspapers and that's helping me a lot.

If you can't manage to add code to the script, then ask me to add code for the newspaper you need, and I will try to do it, depending on how much free time I have. —  Ark25  (talk) 02:06, 17 September 2013 (UTC)

This page has issues[edit]

A number of the links go to pages that say this template is no longer used. For example, ISBN and Jstor.


Can anyone confirm if this Firefox extension works for them? On my PC it slows down the browser and the Wiki-code it produces does not actually copy to my clipboard, when I press the button. CorporateM (Talk) 01:54, 11 April 2015 (UTC)

Cite Baird's Manual of American College Fraternities[edit]

There are quite a few Wikipedia articles about Fraternities and Sororities that reference an edition of Baird's Manual of American College Fraternities. There have been only 20 editions going back to 1879 (most recent is 1991). I'd like to somehow make it so that a cite to a specific year or edition could be given and all of the information filled in for it. Would this be an appropriate template and if so, is there any existing template that would serve as a guide to how to make it?Naraht (talk) 16:16, 16 August 2015 (UTC)

Tech Talk on Zotero and citations[edit]

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Some of you may be interested in this:

There is a Tech Talk next Monday, 29 February at 20:00 UTC (12 Noon Pacific Time) about Zotero and the mw:citoid service.

The main subject is how to extract accurate, automated bibliographic citations from websites. This talk is mostly about Zotero, which is a free and open-source citation management tool. Zotero is used on the Wikipedias through the automagic citoid service. Citoid is currently an option in the visual editor and will (eventually) be used for automated citations in the wikitext editor at some Wikipedias. Zotero is also used by many academics and researchers, and most of the information presented will be useful to people outside of Wikipedia as well.

Please share this invitation with anyone that you believe will be interested. If you have questions, then please leave a note on my talk page. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 03:43, 24 February 2016 (UTC)