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Include citations to reliable sources to ensure verifiability when you add or verify content, especially with controversial issues and biographies of living people.

This page is a style guide, describing how to create citations in articles.

Wookieepedia:Attribution, which is policy, mandates the provision of sources. Attribution is required for direct quotes, along with practically all other material. As Wookieepedia does not accept original ideas or fanon, all writing should be based on reliable sources, and therefore be referenced. Any material that is challenged and for which no source is provided may be removed by any editor. For information about the importance of using good sources in biographies of living persons, see Wikipedia:Biographies of living persons. However, it is typically Wookieepedia's policy to not include a full biography on this site. That is usually best left to sites like Wikipedia.

If you do not know how to format the citation, provide as much information as you can, and others may fix it for you. Cite It! Be Bold!

Why sources should be cited

  • To credit a source for providing useful information and to avoid claims of plagiarism.
  • To show that your edit is not original research.
  • To ensure that the content of articles is credible and can be checked by any reader or editor.
  • To help users find additional reliable information on the topic.
  • To improve the overall credibility and authoritative character of Wookieepedia.
  • To reduce the likelihood of editorial disputes, or to resolve any that arise.

Note: Wookieepedia and other wiki-based articles and categories cannot be used as sources.

How to reference articles

Insertion of a reference

On the Edit page, this is placed at the first insertion point of citation:

<ref name="Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope">[[Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope|''Star Wars'': Episode IV ''A New Hope'']]</ref>

This is placed at the second and all subsequent insertion points of citation:

<ref name="Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" />

Producing the reference list

Most importantly, add the following code after the "Appearances" and "Sources" sections, but before the "See also" and "External links" sections. This code will automatically display the reference list, showing nearly everything tagged with ref tags.

==Notes and references==

Long reference lists

As a general rule, Wookieepedia recommends reserving scroll boxes for reference lists to articles that employ no less than forty to fifty individual references. However, this is by no means a hard figure, and final decisions for the use of scroll boxes should be determined by what best suits each individual article.

To use a scroll box with a reference list, use the following code:

==Notes and references==

The standard scroll box size may be enlarged for certain articles, but this should be done only in rare cases for presentation purposes. Requests to do so should be made on the article's talk page or article review pages.


This list only includes the basics for the rules. For more details, please follow the footnotes provided.

  1. Do not reference the introductory paragraph(s).[1]
  2. References go immediately after punctuation and outside of quotation marks, with no space between the end of a sentence and a reference tag.[2] One exception is the use of dashes (see WP:DASH). References should immediately precede dashes.
  3. When naming references with <ref name="some source" />, when working on long articles or collaborations, users are encouraged to use full, linkable reference names to prevent accidental duplicates of a reference, though this is not a requirement. This is not necessary on shorter articles, and abbreviations are acceptable.[3]
  4. Italicize references where appropriate, as with book titles, etc.[4]
  5. All articles must be completely sourced, including the "Behind the scenes" section for in-universe articles.[5]
  6. Reference articles as sparingly as possible, while still sourcing all of the facts.[6] At a minimum, each paragraph and table row must be referenced. A cell that spans multiple rows references the information in the preceding cells of those rows.
  7. Links are required in references.[7]
  8. References are required in infoboxes.[8]
  9. References may not cite information by individual page or chapter number, unless there is a specific referential need. This does not apply to citation templates that include page-number parameters, such as {{CSWECite}}.[9]
  10. Articles shall cite information from comic books by individual comic issue or comic story, not by overall series, story arc, or compilation (such as trade paperbacks or hardcover collections).[10]
  11. When citing an external link, a permanent archival link (also called a backup link) must be included in the reference. Use archive.today or Internet Archive's Wayback Machine for this purpose.[11][12][13]
    • Social media posts must likewise include a backup link. In the instance a social media post cannot be archived through one of the aforementioned archiving services, an accompanying screenshot of the post must alternatively be uploaded to Wookieepedia and linked in the reference itself.[14][13]
    • The Wookieepedia community, particularly the article-reviewing panels through the article-nomination processes, may judge the validity of expired external links, including social media posts, that cannot produce a backup link or screenshot. The original URL must be provided in the reference, accompanied by a note indicating that its content has expired, such as (Information no longer available).[11][13]


  1. This is done to prevent "congestion" in the main introduction of the article. As most—if not all—information appears elsewhere in the article, do not begin sourcing until after the first heading. If, of course, the information does not appear elsewhere in the article, then it is acceptable to source it in the introduction.
  2. This is a stylistic rule adopted from Wikipedia and many other English sources.
  3. Use of consistent linkable reference names prevents accidental duplicates of a reference. For example: one ref tag named "Return of the Jedi" and one named "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi" will result in duplicate references on the same page. The word linkable does not mean that you actually [[link]] to the article, simply that if you did add the link brackets, it would go to the article on Wookieepedia. See Forum:CT:Axing silly sourcing rule for decision resulting in current revision of this rule.
  4. This is another grammar/stylistic rule.
  5. Although so-called "self-sourcing" may seem redundant, fully sourcing an article's text removes any possible uncertainty regarding unsourced claims. Additionally, reference notes serve as navigational anchor points between the article body and the "Notes and references" section, allowing readers to quickly find all instances in an article being referenced to a particular source.
  6. For articles with more than one source, start out as general as you can with the reference tags. For example, if an entire paragraph is from one and only one source, tag the end of the paragraph. However, if there is more than one source, then reference specific sentences as necessary. Finally, if that is not enough, tag individual words as necessary, as a last resort.
  7. See Forum:CT:Links within references for more information.
  8. Forum:CT:Infobox references and the sourcing policy
  9. Wookieepedia:Mofferences/August 30, 2019
  10. Wookieepedia:Mofferences/November 7, 2020
  11. 11.0 11.1 Wookieepedia:Mofferences/March 6, 2016
  12. Forum:CT:Wookieepedia:Sourcing - Permanent archival links
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Forum:CT:Sourcing policy amendment: Backup links for social media posts
  14. Wookieepedia:Mofferences/June 29, 2014

More information

  • Reference tags do not work inside transcluded templates.
  • References cannot be nested: <ref name="Cloak of Deception">''Cloak of Deception'' Also mentioned in <ref name="Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter" /></ref> does not render correctly.
  • For an example of how referencing works, take a look at the source code for this article.
  • In addition, Extension:Cite on MediaWiki.org explains the technical aspect of referencing. Help:Cite contains more examples as well as explanations to error messages.

See also

Forum discussions