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This page will help in citing sources and adding references to articles.

When to Cite Sources

Until a more formal guide is created, here's a quick list of details that can be found in articles that should be cited:

  • Direct quotes from game text or other primary textual resources
  • Facts that are not common knowledge and can be traced back to one or a few source(s)
  • Statistics (e.g. game ratings)

This list is not complete.

Where to Find Sources

Whenever possible, it's best to use information that's hosted on zeldadungeon.net. Specifically, the Resources section of the website contains many different types of sources. If it can't be found on Zelda Dungeon, use an alternative source and notify Locke to look into the possibility of adding it to the site.

Game Text

If you have a specific quote in mind and/or have useful search terms, use ctrl+f on the [[Text Dumps]] on the wiki. If you're having trouble finding it, Game Scripts may also be useful.

Game Manuals

Game manuals can also be found on the resources page.

Interviews

If the interview is on the wiki (Category: Interviews), use an internal link. If it's not there, add it, or cite the original source and notify Locke with the interview and the page you used it on.

How to Cite Sources

{{Ref}} and {{References}} templates allow references to appear at the bottom of the article and linked to the associated statement. {{Ref}} is used within the article body at the end of the statement that requires a source. {{References}} is added at the end of the article where the references will appear. This section is always the last section, above only Navboxes and Categories.

Syntax Result
...{{Ref|Reference Contents}} Adds "Reference Contents" to the References and places a link inline.
...{{Ref|name=source1|Reference Contents}} Does the same as above and identifies this reference for further use.
...{{Ref|name=source1}} Recalls the reference contents from the first Ref template with this name.
{{References}} Adds a references section and lists all the references in the article defined with the Ref template.

To achieve consistent formatting, the reference contents are split up into different parameters: source, quote, and speaker. Only the source is required. The Ref template is overloaded to work with two different types of sources.

Game Quotes

In-game quotes can be pulled directly from the text dump to ensure that there are no typing or copy errors. Citing a game quote involves a few steps.

  1. Visit the game's text dump ("[Game's Subtitle] Text Dump", e.g. Ocarina of Time Text Dump) and locate the quote.
  2. At the beginning of the quote is a small '?'. Hover your cursor over this and the quote's ID is displayed as a tooltip.
  3. Now you can construct the citation by filling in the game, the quote ID, and the speaker in the following format:

{{Ref|game|quoteID|[[Speaker]]}}, e.g. {{Ref|OoT|123|[[Navi]]}}.

Linking to the speaker is optional. Place this after the statement in question, and {{References}} will include the quote followed by the speaker and the game it's from, linked to that game's text dump.

Other Sources

Cite can be generalized to any source, any quote, and any speaker:

{{Ref| source | quote | speaker }}

If not a game abbreviation, the source is interpreted as a link to an internal or external source. Quote then is interpreted as an excerpt from the source instead of an ID. Quote and speaker are optional.

See {{Ref}} for more details.