Guide to Referencing

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This page explains to authors of content on TobaccoTactics, how to accurately reference their material in Wikimedia.

What Does a Reference Contain?

Always use this format:

Author(s), Title, Publication, date, accessed date

If no author is mentioned, put the person or organisation – most – responsible for the publication:

authority or radio/tv program, or publisher, so

Dispatches, Smoking is bad for you, Channel 4, date, accessed date

Where the source you are referencing is available online, make the title of the article or web page into a weblink. This is done by opening a set of square brackets, then pasting in the url of the article or web page, then leaving a space, then typing the title of the article or web page, then closing square brackets. Then add the rest of the publication information.

Author(s), URL space Title, Publication, date, accessed date

All references must be enclosed within the reference coding:

If you are concerned about the longevity of the URL please capture the URL using the WebCitation Archive.

Insert your reference into the body text at a point that makes the source of your information clear to the reader. This may be after you quote or paraphrase from the article or web page to be referenced.

Add the reference at the appropriate point in the text. The appropriate point is in the body of the text you are writing,
and without a space behind the last word, before the comma or collon, but when at the end of a sentence after the full stop, also without space.

When positioning the reference, consider: “Is it clear what information this reference is a source for?” If it’s for a quote, then place it at the end of the quote. If it’s for a bulk of text that has been paraphrased from a source, then it would be helpful to make reference to the source and add it there.

For example:

Paul Hutcheon, writing in the Sunday Herald [ ref ] P. Hutcheon,Sleaze probe into nuclear lobbying at Holyrood, Sunday Herald, 22 January 2006, accessed 12 November 2008[ /ref ], reports that…

When saved, it will look like this:

Paul Hutcheon, writing in the Sunday Herald 1, reports that…

with the details of the reference appearing at the foot of the page in the References section.

References

  1. P. Hutcheon, Sleaze probe into nuclear lobbying at Holyrood, Sunday Herald, 22 January 2006, accessed 12 November 2008