Help:How to Add Citations
How To Add Citations to the Wiki
Contributors may add citations to the FamilySearch Wiki. In order to add citations, the user needs to be registered and signed on. Citations may be added individually, or multiple references may be made to the same source without re-typing it. The first set of instructions discusses how to add individual sources. The second section shows how to add multiple references to a single source.
- Go to the page where you want to add a source.
- Click "Edit" under the page options.
- In the edit window, position the cursor at the point where the numeric reference to the source should appear.When finished, it will appear similar to a footnote.
- Locate and click on the "<R>" on the editing toolbar (shown below):
- After clicking "<R>" on the toolbar, the "Reference Properties" window will appear (shown below):
- In the "Reference text" box, type the source or reference information you wish to appear at the bottom of the page (similar to a footnote).
- At the bottom of the page, type "
- Check the visual layout by clicking “Show Preview” at the bottom of the page. If no changes are necessary, use the outer scroll bar to scroll down, and click “Save page.”
Adding Multiple References to One Citation
In a single article or page, the author may use the same source more than once. Rather than re-typing that source each time, the author may create a name for that reference in order to use it more than once without typing it. The first time it appears on the page, the author will type the entire citation. Thereafter, the “name” of the citation will cite the same source at the bottom of the page. The “name” allows an author to create several multiple references on the same page.
- In the edit window, position the cursor at the point where the first numeric reference to the source should appear.
- Type <ref name=”name”> (While quotation marks need to appear around the actual name used, the name can be any word, characters, or combination of words.)
- Example: <ref name=”FHLC”>
- Immediately after <ref name=”name”>, begin typing the source citation. (Although the source is typed in the body of the text, he source will not appear at this place in the text, but will appear at the bottom of the page on the article page.)
- Example: <ref name=”FHLC”>The Family History Library Catalog, www.familysearch.org, etc..
- After typing the source citation (The Family History Library Catalog, www.familysearch.org, etc..) type </ref>
- Example: <ref name=”FHLC”>The Family History Library Catalog, www.familysearch.org, etc..</ref>
- The next time the FHLC source needs to be cited, type <ref name=”FHLC” />
- Step 5 may be repeated as often as needed when referring to the FHLC source citation.
- Steps 1-4 may be continued using a different name for a different source that will be cited more than once.
- At the bottom of the page, type ==Sources==
- After ==Sources==, hit return and type <references/> or better yet, use the
- Check the visual layout by clicking “Show Preview” at the bottom of the page. If no changes are necessary, click “Save page”