This essay is a how-to guide detailing a practice or process on the English Wikipedia.
This page explains how to create footnotes on Wikipedia pages. Footnotes are used most commonly to provide references in articles, although they have other uses as well. They are generated using the following tags in the editable text of a page:
<ref>...</ref> within the text, and
<references /> or
at the end where the footnote list is to appear.
The most common use of footnotes in Wikipedia articles is to provide inline citations to reliable sources, although footnotes can also be used for other purposes. The use of
<ref> tags is not required by any policy or guideline, and other systems of inline citation, including parenthetical referencing, may be used
<ref> tags are by far the most popular system for inline citations.
This page concerns technical methods for creating footnotes. For advice on how to organize and format references, see Citing sources and Citation template examples.