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Importance of citing[edit | edit source]

Verifiability is one ot the three fundamental policies in Wikimedia.

Overview of citable references[edit | edit source]

In general, the most reliable sources are peer-reviewed journals and books published in university presses; university-level textbooks; magazines, journals, and books published by respected publishing houses; and mainstream newspapers. As a rule of thumb, the greater the degree of scrutiny involved in checking facts, analyzing legal issues, and scrutinizing the evidence and arguments of a particular work, the more reliable it is.

Where can I find a more detailed guide on reliable sources?

Where can I ask and discuss if a specific source is reliable?

Concept check
  • Why should I add a page number when citing books?

Overview of copyrights[edit | edit source]

Can I copy material from the wikipedia?

  • Generally yes with several obligations: w:Wikipedia:Copyrights#Reusers' rights and obligations
    • You do not need to ask the wikimedia foundation.
    • You do not need to ask the authors.
    • You should, however, attribute wikipedia, i.e. refer to the article.
    • When you publish material from the wikipedia you must ensure that its also freely accessible.
  • An exceptions is the material that has been published using the "fair use" principle, which should be indicated in the article or media.

Where can I find a general overview about what is regulated in copyrighs?

Where can I find more detailed information on copyrights in wikipedia?

How does the copyright of other wikimedia projects differ from wikipedia?

Concept check
  • When writing wikipedia articles, can you cite other wikipedia articles?
  • Can you cite non-freely available material?
  • Can you include non-freely material in wikipedia articles?
  • Can you include non-freely available material in Wikimedia Commons, and in Wikibooks?
  • Will you get attribution if you write a page in a wikimedia project?
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Wiki format of citing references[edit | edit source]

How do I include references in content pages?

How should I format the references?

  • generell rule: "must contain enough information for other editors to identify the specific published work you used"

Where can I find tools to generate the correct reference formats?

How can I cite a web page and link to its current state?

Concept check
  • Why is it better to cite in a wrong format instead of not citing at all?
  1. Use the tool Google Scholar reference generator to search for the paper Nash 1950 and generate a reference in wiki format
  2. Edit your My first page to cite this reference in all of the four commonly used forms of citation.
  3. Edit your My first page to cite the online learning course in its current version using the WebCite archive page.
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Strategies for searching publications[edit | edit source]

Strategies for searching for appropriate and free figures[edit | edit source]