User talk:Zephyr Foxworth
Heyo, since I am not used to wiki work (Wikia's different), I was wondering if you could give me a small tutorial on citing and referencing. I tend to avoid editing where references are needed so it is greatly appreciated if you could give me a tutorial. Thank you -Lugia101101 (talk) 14:05, 6 August 2014 (BST)
- Sure thing! Most of what I'll say can be found here, on the Cite plugin's page, but I'll explain the basics here.
- The main mechanic is the use of the <ref> tag. Whatever is written between the opening and closing tag will appear at the end of the page, in a list of references. This list is generated wherever the <references /> tag is placed, and will flash a warning if you forget to place it when previewing the page. If you want to reference the same thing in multiple places, you can add a parameter to the tag: <ref name="demo"> Reference stuff </ref> for the first instance, and <ref name="demo" /> for any further instances.
- Also, keep in mind how the references look when you finish. As you can see in my example below (in the 2nd reference), leaving no alt text for a link will default to a numbered bracket that might not match up with the citation number. I currently favor the second format for referencing things, but will use the third when dealing with content that has a time context. (Such as events)
- As for when to cite; It's a subjective topic. I'd try to see how the page improves from adding it, before doing so. As long as the target is of good quality, (such as a staff post), it usually doesn't hurt to add it.
- Since I wasn't sure exactly what you were curious about with referencing, feel free to ask more specific questions if you have any. -Zephyr Foxworth (talk) 22:58, 6 August 2014 (BST)
- Typical sentence with typical words.
- Here's a second sentence.
- Third sentence to demo dated format.
- Plus one more to demo multiple instances of one citation.