|This page documents an English Wikipedia content guideline. It is a generally accepted standard that editors should attempt to follow, though it is best treated with common sense, and occasional exceptions may apply. Any substantive edit to this page should reflect consensus. When in doubt, discuss first on the talk page.|
|This page in a nutshell: This guideline discusses how to format citations. For the policy on sourcing, see Verifiability.|
A citation is a line of text that uniquely identifies a source. For example:
Ritter, Ron. The Oxford Style Manual. Oxford University Press, 2002, p. 1.
When and why to cite sources: The policy on sourcing is Verifiability. This requires
How to write citations: Each article should use the same citation method throughout. If an article already has citations, adopt the method in use or seek consensus on the talk page before changing it. While you should try to write citations correctly, what matters is that you provide enough information to identify the source. Others will improve the formatting if needed.
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