Referencing Guidelines

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As this wiki is meant to serve as a guide for academic and professional use, as well as for the general interest community, Archaeowiki has important guidelines as to what constitutes an appropriate referencing source. Every topic must include, at minimum, one source that qualifies as reliable.

The following guidelines are meant to serve as an overall standard to maintain the quality of the content submitted to ArchaeoWiki. Nevertheless, we acknowledge that these guidelines are subjective and open to interpretation in specific cases. As a general rule of thumb, contributors should strive to provide as many sources as possible to support the information they provide.

General Referencing Guidelines

  • Resources ought to be applicable to the subject material being discussed. Do not 'pad' pages with excessive, peripherally-relevant references for the sake of length. Provide the fewest and best available references to guide the reader toward the relevant literature and resources.
  • Academic and peer-reviewed sources are considered the most reliable and appropriate. Each article on ArchaeoWiki should cite at least one of this resource type, when possible.
  • There are some cases where published resources simply do not exist, such as when research has yet to be published but a report does exist. In this and similar cases, unpublished material is acceptable.
  • If a resource is deemed to have dubious credibility, annotations can be made to the source's individual page and the tag [[Dubious Source::true]] can be added to flag it for future review.

Internet Resources

Internet sites should be treated with due caution as reliable information sources. Sites and pages that put effort put into fact-checking and accuracy, and that are published/produced/managed by reputable organizations, are preferred. Personal opinion sites, commercial sites, and any site purporting that extraterrestrials are responsible for a given archaeological phenomenon are not acceptable. Contributors are expected to use their best judgement when using internet sites as references.

Reference Naming Conventions

ArchaeoWiki uses a customized referencing system that requires unique names for individual references. In short, each reference (book, article, etc.) receives its own page that can be annotated, linked, and augmented as appropriate. To insert a citation that links to this page, you must use the reference's unique page code. For an explanation of this system, please see the article naming conventions page. Also, have a look at existing pages to see how sources have been referenced.

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