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This page is a style guide, describing how to write citations in articles.


Source Verification

ATWiki:Verifiability, which is policy, says that attribution is required for direct quotes and for material that is challenged or likely to be challenged. Any material that is challenged, and for which no source is provided within a reasonable time (or immediately if it's about a living person), may be removed by any editor. For information about the importance of using good sources in biographies of living persons, see ATWiki:Biographies of living persons, which is also policy.

If you don't know how to format a citation, provide as much information as you can, and others will help to write it correctly.

Why sources should be cited

Main article: ATWiki:Verifiability

ATWiki is by its very nature a work by people with widely different knowledge and skills. The reader needs to be assured that the material within it is reliable: this is especially important where statements are made about controversial issues or living persons. The purpose of citing your sources is:

  • To ensure that the content of articles can be checked by any reader or editor.
  • To avoid claims of plagiarism and copying.
  • To show that your edit is not original research and to reduce editorial disputes.
  • To help users find additional information on the topic.
  • To ensure that material about living persons complies with ATWiki:Biographies of living persons.
  • To improve the credibility of ATWiki.

Use of terms

This guideline uses the terms "source", "reference", "citing", and "citation" interchangeably.