Wikipedia in African Libraries/African Librarians Week 2021/Add a reference

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Instructions in English

All information on Wikipedia should have references, you can help Wikipedia be more accurate by adding references to existing articles.

  1. Go to Citation Hunt
  2. Type in the name of a subject area you want to work on, the tool will provide a sentence in an article where a reference is missing.
  3. Click 'I got this' to add a reference or 'Next' to see another option
  4. Find a suitable reference online or in a book and click 'edit' on the article.
  5. Click 'Edit' at the top of the article (if you see code click OOjs UI icon edit-ltr.svg to switch to the Visual Editor).
  6. Add the reference to the end of the sentence that says 'citation needed'.
  7. Remove the 'citation needed' note.
  8. Click 'Publish changes' , specify what you did in the summary and include #AfLibWk and #1Lib1Ref

Note: if you find that the sentence that has the "citation needed" has incorrect or out of date information please change it as well as adding the reference.

Add a "Citation Needed" tag[edit]

Readers and editors who don't feel confident about a piece of information in an article can add a "citation needed" tag next to that statement:

  1. Carefully read through a selected article.
  2. Find or carefully identify facts or claims in the article that lack a citation.
  3. Click 'Edit' at the top of the article, if you see code click OOjs UI icon edit-ltr.svg to switch to the Visual Editor.
  4. To add a new template to a page, place your cursor where you want the template to be inserted, and press on the "Template" icon (puzzle piece) in the "Insert" menu.
  5. Start typing the name of the template you want to insert - in this case Citation Needed. When you see it on the list, press on its name. Then press "Add template".
  6. Click 'Publish changes' , specify what you did in the summary and include #AfLibWk and #1Lib1Ref.
Add an "External link or further reading" paragraph[edit]

Adding an external link or resources for further reading can provide additional insight to an article with resources that are not on Wikipedia

  1. Find an article you want to add additional information to.
  2. Click 'Edit' at the top of the article (if you see code click OOjs UI icon edit-ltr.svg to switch to the Visual Editor).
  3. Add a paragraph and name it External Links or Further Reading
  4. Input the resources for external links or further reading as a list
  5. Click 'Publish changes' specify what you did in the summary and include #AfLibWk and #1Lib1Ref.