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Just wondering what the difference is between references, appearances and sources? I did a page for Holomag as it was a redlink, and added references and appearances sections. It was then edited by JangFett with the references removed, and one of the appearances made as a source.
Now i'm confused, since i thought by the sourcing guidelines we WANTED a refs list for as much information as possible? Sources and references seem to be the same thing? And why did one of those appearances get moved to a source?
I'd rather know so i dont keep making Jang and others fixing something i can easily do myself. Manoof (talk) 12:05, November 10, 2013 (UTC)
Appearances are where the article takes part in an event, usually a novel, comic, TV show, or movie. These works can also just mention the article in text or conversation. Sources on the other hand are where the article is mentioned in guide book, such as the Essential Atlas. Sources can also be Insider articles, if they are not stories, and stuff like that. References are a different thing. You use them to link a part of the article that came from a specific source or appearance to where it came from. For example, Far Orbit's hyperdrive rating in the infobox, as well as in the body, is linked to The Far Orbit Project, as that is where it came from. Hope that helps, 501stdogma(talk) 12:43, November 10, 2013 (UTC)
Ok that makes sense, appearances are in-universe and sources are more like guidebooks and articles about the SW-verse. But i'm still confused about the referencing. I've done referencing for university assignments and so treated it similarly - essentially you make a statement you back it up with a referenced source. That's what i did in the aforementioned article, but they were all removed. Should i query Jang about it, i asked here as it seemed to be a general question... Manoof (talk) 03:03, November 11, 2013 (UTC)
You're correct; Jang should not have removed your in-line citations. Feel free to re-add them to the prose. Menkooroo (talk) 03:08, November 11, 2013 (UTC)
Ok i've put them back in. In future i guess i'll reference as i would normally and see how i go. I did just think of another question, if there is a large section of an article from a single source, does a single reference get placed at the end, or end of each paragraph or something else? I'll be working on the Star Wars: Trading Card Game pages in future and much of the main article is from either the rulebook or the websites. Manoof (talk) 03:42, November 11, 2013 (UTC)
Yeah, end of each paragraph. Every paragraph needs to be sourced, so even if three paragraphs in a row are from the same source, a little superscripted square-bracketed number should appear at the end of each one. Menkooroo (talk) 03:51, November 11, 2013 (UTC)
Awesome, thanks so much guys! :D Manoof (talk) 04:37, November 11, 2013 (UTC)
This is like the 2nd or 3rd time I've seen this question asked here in SH. Should it be added to WP:FAQ? - Esjs(Talk) 07:00, November 11, 2013 (UTC)
Probably a good idea, if im not the first i probably won't be the last. Manoof (talk) 11:47, November 11, 2013 (UTC)
Yes, guidelines should be added to the FAQ if they are not already there. When I first came to Wookieepedia, I was also confused about this issue.--Richterbelmont10(come in R2!) 19:55, November 21, 2013 (UTC)