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I noticed that the opening quote on this page has a footnote citation. I don't think the other quotes included citations. So, I'm wondering if we should include citations for all of them, none of them (because we have included attribution and this is sufficient for verification) or if there is reason to treat this one differently.

Also, I think we should make more of an effort to be consistent in our citations. The citation on this page begins with the word "Online:". I'd suggest deleting this word, and treating the <ref> as a citation of a website.

Lastly, I've been labeling the section to include the citations as "Notes", but I notice this page uses "References". Any reasons to use one in favor of the other? My preference is Notes so if needed we can include something other than a citation.



ASnieckus (talk)00:41, 22 January 2011

Hi Alison,

Re opening quotes -- I think its OK to drop the specific citation link. No specific reason for this instance other than poor consistency on the part of the author ;-).

Agreed on consistency with citations.

Yes -- use of the "Notes" subheading is better than references -- as you say, it could then include something other than citations.


Mackiwg (talk)21:41, 23 January 2011

I'll delete the quote citations as I go.

I do think it's important to cite a not-so-famous quote in the text body which is from a specific source (e.g., NYT). I'll check for these.

As I said previous, I've found that consistent citations for internet based references is MUCH easier said than done. It seems more important to include all of the relevant information, than follow a strict format. Being that the section is labeled "Notes" we have more leeway.


ASnieckus (talk)02:01, 25 January 2011

Also --- this is a wiki resource, so even more flexibility :-)

Mackiwg (talk)02:47, 25 January 2011