Week 109: Out of Cite, Out of Mind

Adding citations to Wikipedia articles is certainly important, but also sometimes tedious. Unless you're using the Visual Editor (and you should be!) you have to remember all the specific code so you can add key details like publication name, date, and link.

There has to be a better way. And there is! Wikipedia offers a handful of citation tools to help semi-automate this task:

  • Cite4Wiki is an add-on for Firefox that opens up a contextual menu for adding key information

  • Wikicite is a Windows program that does basically the same thing

  • reFill is a tool that can turn URL-only references into fully formatted citations

  • Zotero is an independent service useful for managing references when doing research

The truth is most editors still write citations by hand, or expanding snippets, which they're used to. If you're just getting started, it might be worth experimenting. But we still recommend the Visual Editor.

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