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Now that references and citations can be added to your wiki pages, we've adopted a standard format to cite sims, FNS news articles, and other URLs.

To cite something, you add <ref> and </ref> tags around the source and add {{References}} template at the bottom of the page. This automatically places a citation footnote onto the page. Write your source like any other external link on the wiki, so first the URL and then the name of the link, all in single brackets.

Importantly, if you want to cite a reference multiple times, you can give it a name - <ref name="Miller">, and each time you want to use that reference, just add that to the tag., but make sure to not use a full ref tag, just use <ref name="Miller" />.

If you want multiple types of references, you can add in <ref group="groupname"> to separate references, which might be useful if you want to add notes that are not references in the same page as actual references.

Preferred style

There are multiple ways you can cite sources. After adding information, immediately include your source after your full stop.

  • For sims: <ref>[link "title of sim"], Rank Character name (eg. "Lieutenant Commander Sky Blake" = "LtCmdr S.Blake"), Ship the sim was posted to (eg. Veritas = {{USS|Veritas}}), Stardate</ref>
    • Until our Sim Archive is available for official use, please link to your Google Group!
  • For news articles: <ref>[link "title of page"], Author name, Organisation if applicable, date</ref>
  • For Memory Alpha: <ref>[link "title of article"], Memory Alpha</ref>
    • Also include {{MAContent}}, which will correctly categorise pages using data sourced from Memory Alpha.
  • For Memory Beta and Memory Omega: <ref>[link "title of article"], Memory Beta / Omega</ref>
    • NOTE: Memory Gamma and Memory Delta are fan-created content. As such, they are not suitable sources for Star Trek information.

Examples of referencing