How to add a citation; 1pager
Because anyone can edit Wikipedia, the Wikipedia community has developed a core strategy to ensure the quality of information in its articles: including footnotes to reliable sources to allow Wikipedia readers to "verify" the information. The simplest way to engage with Wikipedia is to work on existing citation neededs, in your preferred language. You can find these in English or 57 other languages. "
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. These tags are similar to reference questions: members of the public asking for reliable research to back up the information they are reading. English Wikipedia alone has over 509,480 citation needed statements.
Thousands of articles need more references; 173,662 articles on English Wikipedia have no references at all. Imagine if every librarian in the world took 15 minutes to address one of the citation needed queries! Wikipedia would greatly reduce these gaps.
Do you already have or have you already found a reference for a statement in an article that lacks citation? Watch the resources below to learn how to add a citation on Wikipedia.
How to add a citation (Video)
I don’t know how to find a citation needed tagged statement?
Are you in search for a citation needed tagged statement? Look no further, watch the resources below to learn how to find an article to add a reference to on Wikipedia using the Citation Hunt tool, a gamelike tool that will offer random citation needed statements.
Wikipedia articles are frequently tagged for not having references to support information in the article. These articles can be found in automatically generated lists on English Wikipedia and in more than 55 other languages.
If you are interested in working on articles from a particular topic area on English Wikipedia, there is an index of work for those topic areas. Here is how to use it:
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Add an external link or further reading
Adding an external link of further reading can provide additional insight to an article. Visit our page on external links and further reading to learn more.