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Help:Introduction to referencing with Wiki Markup

Why references are important

Inline citations
How to add them

Citations the easy way

Reliable sources
Which sources are good enough?

Review of what you've learned

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A cartoon of a political rally, with someone in the crowd holding up a banner reading "[Citation needed]"
"Wikipedian protester" by Randall Munroe, xkcd. Wikipedians famously demand citations for claims!

One of the key policies of Wikipedia is that all article content has to be

original work
, archival findings that have not been published, or evidence from any source that has not been published.

If you are adding new content, it is

your responsibility to add sourcing information along with it. Material provided without a source is significantly more likely to be removed from an article. Sometimes it will be tagged first with a "citation needed"
template to give editors a chance to find and add sources, but some editors will simply remove it because they question its veracity.

This tutorial will show you how to add inline citations to articles, and also briefly explain what Wikipedia considers to be a reliable source.

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