References in a wiki node should be made in the following order of decreasing precedence:
- Wikilink to current or other project
- Inter-wiki link to external materials on supported websites (more terse than a full link)
- Normal full link to external website
- Citation reference to non-web materials
- In-line description of reference, strongly discouraged
Citing sources in a large document can be made easier by using the MediaWiki-style citation format.
These examples are taken from the above-linked page, which is more detailed than this node aspires to be.
The examples given here are simply for short reference, and not intended to be authoritative. A lot of this paragraph text is just taking up space to spread the page out.
Here is an example of a simple citation used in the preceding paragraph:
<ref>Miller, E: "The Sun.", page 23. Academic Press, 2005</ref>Notice how the citation itself is replaced by a small symbol, and the <references/> tag below is replaced by the citation contents with cross-links. The cross-links make checking citations simple.
Here is a full paragraph of citations:
This is an example of multiple references to the same footnote. Such references are particularly useful when citing sources, if different statements come from the same source. A concise way to make multiple references is to use empty ref tags, which have a slash at the end.
The three preceeding citations are, respectively:
<ref name="multiple">Remember that when you
refer to the same footnote multiple times, the text
from the first reference is used.</ref>
<ref name="multiple">This text is
superfluous, and won't show up anywhere. We may as well
just use an empty tag.</ref>
This section contains a single <references/> tag as its body:
- ↑ Miller, E: "The Sun.", page 23. Academic Press, 2005
- ↑a b c Remember that when you refer to the same footnote multiple times, the text from the first reference is used.