Palo Alto Wiki:Citing sources
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Reasons for citation
Sources should be cited...
- ...to credit a source for providing material and avoid plagiarism.
- ...to maintain the credibility of Palo Alto Wiki.
- ...to demonstrate and allow verifiability.
- ...to reduce the likelihood of disputes.
- ...to help others find additional information on a topic.
When to cite
Sources should be cited when...
- ...you add content that is not your own.
- ...you add material to a biography.
- ...you quote someone else.
- ...you add images.
How to cite
When citing sources...
- ...do not cite a source that you got from an intermediate source. For instance, if you got information from a Web site that says it comes from a book, do not cite the book. Cite the Web page.
- ...use full citations. This means that there is enough in your citation to allow others to find the work you used. This typically includes the name of the author(s), the title of the page or publication, etc.
- ...place all sources at the end of the article in a section called "Sources".
When placing footnotes...
- Place a <ref> ... </ref> where you want the footnote reference number.
- Place a <references/> in a "References" section of the article. The list of references will be automatically generated.
Multiple footnotes for one source...
Please do not use "ibid" or any other footnote shorthands. The wiki is not paper. Instead, do the following:
- Give the footnote a unique identifier by using <ref name="name"> ... </ref>. Then you can refer to the same source by using a ref tag with the same name. The name cannot be a number.
- On the next occurrence of the footnote, simply use <ref name="name"/>.
- Place the <references/> tag in a "References" section of the article. The list of references will be automatically generated.