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See the video tutorial regarding this help section: Adding References

This page provides help with citing sources. Some information is taken from Wikipedia's information on citing sources, which gives the best direction on how to do it. If you already have knowledge of the <ref> tag, then there is no need to read this page. The knowledge you already have applies to Zelda Wiki.

References appear as footnotes (or numbers) at the end of a piece of text as such: [1][2] and so on. At the bottom of the page, a reference list can be found that shows the full text of these references. Clicking on one of the numbers will take you to the appropriate reference. Examples can be seen on such pages as Maggie or Pedestal of Time.

Adding a Reference

To insert a reference, use the following code:

<ref>Actual text of reference</ref>

To use a template or link in a reference, insert it between the ref tags. For example:

<ref>{{Cite| Quote | Character | Game}}</ref>

Insert the reference after the text that calls for it, after any punctuation. For instance:

Link is Hylian and was born in Hyrule.[1] Yes
Link is Hylian[1] and was born in Hyrule. No
Link is Hylian,[1] as is Zelda.[2] Yes
Link is Hylian[1], as is Zelda[2]. No

{{Ref}}

Once you've finished citing sources, add the following at the end of the page:

{{Ref}} - For a reference section.

This creates a section called "References" at the bottom of the page, where all the cited sources in the article will appear. Clicking a footnote will take you to that section of the article.

Different Types of References

If you are quoting a source, be sure that the quote is precise and only contains the text that is needed. For example, don't quote an entire speech in the reference if only one sentence is necessary.

Above the edit box you will find buttons for each citation template. Clicking one automatically inserts the template in the edit box.

Source Template to use Button Additional information
(See the template page for specific instructions on usage)
In-game Text {{Cite}}
Button cite template.png
Used to reference character quotes from the games.
Web Pages {{Cite web}}
Button cite web.png
Used to cite the web page where a piece of information was taken from. This is only necessary when information can be found only on that web page, such as information about certain web sites, or sourcing reviews of games.
Real People {{Cite person}}
Button cite person.png
Used to reference quotes made by a specific (real-life) person. This is often used for developer quotes.
Manuals {{Cite manual}}
Button cite manual.png
Used to reference a section of text from a game manual.
Books {{Cite book}}
Button cite book.png
Used to reference a section of text from a book that is not a game manual.
Television Episodes {{Cite episode}}
Button cite episode.png
Used to reference quotes from an episode of a television show. This is often often used for The Legend of Zelda TV series and Captain N: The Game Master.

Examples

The following code:

According to scientists, the Sun is pretty big.<ref>E. Miller, The Sun, (New York: Academic Press, 2005), 23-5.</ref>
The Moon, however, is not so big.<ref>R. Smith, "Size of the Moon", Scientific American, 46 (April 1978): 44-6.</ref>

{{Ref}}

will produce:

According to scientists, the Sun is pretty big.[1]
The Moon, however, is not so big.[2]

References


  1. E. Miller, The Sun, (New York: Academic Press, 2005), 23-5.
  2. R. Smith, "Size of the Moon", Scientific American, 46 (April 1978): 44-6.

Multiple uses of the same footnote

To give a footnote a unique identifier, use <ref name="name">. You can then refer to the same footnote again by using a ref tag with the same name. The text inside the second tag doesn't matter, because the text already exists in the first reference. In fact, different text from the first reference will result in a Cite error in the reference list. You can either copy the whole footnote, or you can use a terminated empty ref tag that looks like this: <ref name="name"/>.

In the following example, the same source is cited three times.

This is an example of multiple references to the same footnote.<ref name="multiple">When you refer to the same footnote multiple times, only the text from the first reference is used.</ref>

Such references are particularly useful when citing sources, if different statements come from the same source.<ref name="multiple">This text is useless and won't show up anywhere. Remember, only the first occurrence is used. Plus, this text being different to the first text results in a Cite error in the reference list.</ref>

A concise way to make multiple references is to use empty ref tags, which have a slash at the end. Although this may reduce redundant work, please be aware that if a future editor removes the first reference, this will result in the loss of all references using the empty ref tags.<ref name="multiple" />

{{Ref}}

The text above gives the following result in the article:

This is an example of multiple references to the same footnote.[1]

Such references are particularly useful when citing sources, when different statements come from the same source.[1]

A concise way to make multiple references is to use empty ref tags, which have a slash at the end. Although this may reduce redundant work, please be aware that if a future editor removes the first reference, this will result in the loss of all references using the empty ref tags.[1]

References


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 When you refer to the same footnote multiple times, only the text from the first reference is used. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "multiple" defined multiple times with different content

Citing Foreign Languages

Given The Legend of Zelda series' origins, citing Japanese sources may be required on occasion. When citing Japanese or any other language, use the same templates as for English, but have a translation of the text available on mouse-over using Template:Exp. That is, when adding the quote, enter the following:

{{Exp|English translation of quote|Original foreign quote}}

An example can be seen below:

Zoras like water.<ref>{{Cite|{{Exp|... Zoras really like water.|… ゾーラはとっても水がすき}}|N/A|Ancient Stone Tablets}}</ref>

{{Ref}}
</blockquote>

This produces:

Zoras like water.[1]

References


  1. "… ゾーラはとっても水がすき" — N/A (Ancient Stone Tablets)