Wikipedia:References dos and don'ts

Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Referencing is key to making Wikipedia reliable and trustworthy.

When working with references:
inline citations (either footnotes or shortened footnotes
near the material
they support, e.g. after the sentence.
Say where in the source the information came from.
consistent reference style
within each article.
Consider using citation templates to create a consistent style.
an appropriate inline tag
an appropriate header
unreliable sources
haven't seen for yourself
not supported
by sources.
Don't place external links in the body of articles.
obvious information
all-numeric date formats
other than YYYY-MM-DD.
established reference style
without consensus.

See also