Wikipedia:The Wikipedia Library/Archivists/Citation

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This is a draft for a proposed Wikipedia article template for archival collections. Its intended use is in the "Further reading", "Other sources" "bibliography" or "External links" sections of articles relevant to the collection. Its purpose is to standardize how archives are presented on Wikipedia, and to make adding links to archives more straightforward. If you have comments or questions, please leave them on the talk page, so that we can capture your ideas!

Proposed fields[edit]

Note: most of these will be optional fields. Required fields in bold.

  1. ITEM: Name of item in collection, e.g. "Booth Tarkington letter to George Ade"
  2. FIRST: When the item cited has an author, use this field for their first name (and initial if present), e.g. "Booth"
  3. LAST: When the item cited has an author, use this field for their last name, e.g. "Tarkington"
  4. ITEMURL: link to item description page, e.g
  5. TYPE: type of item (e.g. photograph, textual record, multimedia), e.g. "Textual record"
  6. ITEMID: unique object identifier where it exists
  7. DATE: Date of item creation, e.g. "May 8, 1924"
  8. PAGENUMBER: page number where it exists
  9. SERIES: series of the item, e.g. "Correspondence, ca. 1882-1947"
  10. FONDS: name of the fonds being cited - not always used, collection can be used as well. If both exist, use both.
  11. BOX: name of box, e.g. "Correspondence, Sto-U, ca. 1894-1943"
  12. FILE: file of of the item, e.g. "Tarkington, Booth, ca. 1905-1943"
  13. COLLECTION: Name of collection, e.g. George Ade Papers, 1878-2007
  14. COLLECTION URL: Link to collection guide or finding aid for the collection where it exists
  15. REPOSITORY: Name of repository, if different than institution, e.g. "Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center"
  16. INSTITUTION: Name of institution, e.g. "Purdue University"
  17. LOCATION: Physical location of institution, e.g. West Lafayette, IN
  18. OCLC: Online Computer Library Center identifier, not always used
  19. ACCESSIONNUMBER: number to indicate when an item was added to a collection, not always used

Example markup[edit]

{{cite archive |first= |last= |item = |item-url = |type = |item-id = |date = |page= |pages= |fonds = |series = |file = |box= |collection = |collection-url = |repository = |institution = |location = |oclc= |accession= |ref=}}

Displays as:[edit]

  • Tarkington, Booth. "Booth Tarkington letter to George Ade" (May 8, 1924) [Textual record]. George Ade Papers, 1878-2007: Correspondence, ca. 1882-1947, Correspondence, Sto-U, ca. 1894-1943, Tarkington, Booth, ca. 1905-1943. West Lafayette, IN: Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center, Purdue University.