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This page gives short introductions to two methods for making linked footnotes:

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[edit] Cite.php method

This page is intended to supplement the information in Wikipedia:Footnotes. It provides a very simple explanation of how to use the Cite.php method for creating reference indicators and reference lists in Wikipedia articles.

[edit] Multiple insertion of the same reference

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

<ref name="Perry">Perry's Handbook, Sixth Edition, McGraw-Hill Co., 1984.</ref>

This is placed at the second insertion point of citation:

<ref name="Perry"/>

This is placed at the third insertion point of citation:

<ref name="Perry"/> ... and so forth for further insertion points

[edit] Single insertion of a reference

For the single insertion of a reference, the "name" parameter is not needed. On the Edit page, this is placed at the insertion point of citation:

<ref>Excel For Dummies, First Edition, Hungry Minds, Inc., 3.</ref>

[edit] What is produced at the points of insertion

These are what is produced and note that the reference numbers in blue are automatically generated. Clicking on any one of the reference numbers causes the screen display to scroll down to that reference number in the Reference List section:

First<ref name="Perry">Perry's Handbook, Sixth Edition, McGraw-Hill Co., 1984.</ref> text word referenced to Perry's Handbook
Second<ref name="Perry"/> text word referenced to Perry's Handbook
Third<ref name="Perry"/> text word referenced to Perry's Handbook
The only<ref>Excel For Dummies, First Edition, Hungry Minds, Inc., 1980.</ref> text word referenced to the Excel book.

[edit] Producing the reference or footnote list

On the Edit page, this is placed in the References or the Footnotes section:

<references/>

This is what it produces and note that the list numbers are automatically generated:

<references/>

[edit] Notes on the Cite.php method

  • Clicking on the blue superscript a causes the screen display to scroll back up to the point where the first reference to Perry's Handbook was inserted. Clicking on the blue superscript b causes the screen display to scroll back up to the point where the second reference to Perry's Handbook was inserted. Clicking on the blue superscript c causes the screen display to scroll back up to the point where the third reference to Perry's Handbook was inserted ... and so forth.
  • Clicking on any caret (^) that has no associated superscripts cause the screen display to scroll back up to the point where that single-use references was inserted.

[edit] Old system (with templates)

This system is deprecated, apart from use for harvard references

This section explains how to make numbered footnotes using the old system:

Link in text area Link in footnote area
{{ref|<name>}} or {{ref num|<name>|<fixed number>}} #{{note|<name>}} - followed by comment or citation
{{ref label|<name>|<footnote number>|<backlink label>}} {{note label|<name>|<footnote number>|<backlink label>}} (follows on the same line as an existing {{note}}, before the formal citation info)
{{ref harvard|<name>|<Harvard reference>|<backlink label>}} {{note label|<name>|<Harvard reference>|<backlink label>}}

The basic use of the "ref" and "note" templates is just choosing a one word descriptive <name> for your reference and:

  • put {{ref|<name>}} where you want the footnote number to be
  • put a numbered list at the bottom of your document # {{note|<name>}}.

Use a separate <note> for each reference. The {{note}}s in the numbered list must occur in the same order as the {{ref}}s in the main text; this is especially important when adding more footnotes later.

To create two links in the main text referring to the same footnote, a {{ref label}}/{{note label}} template can be used, as in the example below.

Harvard referencing is supported with "ref harvard", used the same way as "ref label" except a reference term, often "Author Year", is used instead of a reference number.

  • Example input text:
Jerry wrote about guns in his books{{ref|guns}}. 
His critics said he was obsessed by them.{{ref|other}}
Possibly he was in love with them.{{ref_label|other|2|a}}
:Notes:
:# {{note|guns}} Jerry's book about guns, 2003 
:# {{note|other}}{{note_label|other|2|a}} Tom's critic, 2005 
  • Example result:

Jerry wrote about guns in his books[1]. His critics said he was obsessed by them.[2] Possibly he was in love with them.[2]

Notes
  1.   Jerry's book about guns, 2003
  2.  a  Tom's critic, 2005

[edit] See also

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