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Happy editing! Shearonink (talk) 17:16, 22 April 2014 (UTC)

Adding references can be easy[edit]

Just follow the steps 1, 2 and 3 as shown and fill in the details

Hello! Here's how to add references from reliable sources for the content you add to Wikipedia. This helps maintain the Wikipedia policy of verifiability.

Adding well formatted references is actually quite easy:

  1. While editing any article or a wikipage, on the top of the edit window you will see a toolbar which says "Cite". Click on it.
  2. Then click on "Templates".
  3. Choose the most appropriate template and fill in as many details as you can. This will add a well formatted reference that is helpful in case the web URL (or "website link") becomes inactive in the future.
  4. Click on Preview when you're done filling out the 'Cite (web/news/book/journal)' to make sure that the reference is correct.
  5. Click on Insert to insert the reference into your editing window content.
  6. Click on Show preview to Preview all your editing changes.
  • Before clicking on Save page, check that a References header   ==References==   is near the end of the article.
  • And check that   {{Reflist}}    is directly underneath that header.
7.  Click on Save page. ...and you've just added a complete reference to a Wikipedia article.

You can read more about this on Help:Edit toolbar or see this video File:RefTools.ogv.
Hope this helps, --Shearonink (talk) 17:19, 22 April 2014 (UTC)

April 2014[edit]

Information icon Hello, I'm Bailo26. I wanted to let you know that I undid one of your recent contributions, such as the one you made with this edit to John F. Kennedy assassination conspiracy theories, because it didn’t appear constructive to me. If you think I made a mistake, or if you have any questions, you can leave me a message on my talk page. Thanks. Bailo26 18:01, 22 April 2014 (UTC)


Please refer to the "Adding references can be easy" section above before you add any more bare URLs to Wikipedia articles (as you did with this edit to John F. Kennedy assassination conspiracy theories). When editors add bare URLs to articles they are weakening the references, just use the Cite References templates and fill in as much of the information as you possibly can. Citing a YouTube link with no supporting documentation makes the source look unreliable...anyone can put up some YouTube video! Shearonink (talk) 22:35, 22 April 2014 (UTC)


When you are linking to another Wikipedia article, all you have to do is put a set of double brackets around the article title. For instance, putting [[Laura Keene]] into the text will wikilink the article directly, and linkage will appear to the casual reader like this: Laura Keene. Please don't put a full URL within the text and code of the article. Shearonink (talk) 22:53, 22 April 2014 (UTC)