Should we include citations?

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I found an open content source for how to calculate bin size for a histogram and decided that it'd be easiest to copy the info from their website: Online Statistics, since I liked their write-up. The authors request citation, where possible, so I included one. See histogram.

Question 1: do we want to include citations on these definition pages?

I didn't find a standard anywhere for what to include in the citation or how to format it, so if we want to include citations when needed:

Question 2: what standard should we use?


ASnieckus (talk)14:51, 13 February 2009


Citations must be part any section of the concept page, if its requested by authors. You did the right thing. You are a pro.

There is a wiki markup which can be useful in this case. Please see User:Chela5808/Miscellaneous#Using_Notes_or_Reference. I'm afraid there is not a Help Page in WE for this topic, so our second source should be Wikipedia. Please see W:Wikipedia:Citing sources.

Saludos Gladys --chela5808 02:03, 14 February 2009 (UTC)

Chela5808 (talk)14:03, 14 February 2009

Thanks for the references on references;-). I've implemented a new version of a citation on the histogram page I've been working on. I decided to put a "Notes" section at the end, like the Wikipedia article suggested. I put it at the end of the page instead of inside the Definition section, because I will probably be using someone else's data in the example section. Having all of the citations together seemed the right option. "Notes" is a pretty broad concept so this allows us to add other kinds of info in addition to the citations.

Is this the first time that we've needed a citation in MathGloss? Should we add something about citations and Notes in the MathGloss standard?

Happy Valentine's Day, Alison

ASnieckus (talk)10:53, 15 February 2009

Hi Alison,

I am deeply grateful for your kind words, hope one day I can meet you in person.

Yes, it's the first time. Perhaps further reviews of already written concepts make necessary insert some citations. I think the field "notes" should be displayed when necessary, and you have choosen the right place. I'm impressed for the wonderfull examples you are adding to the Glossary, you are pushing me to be more creative on my examples :-)

Could you please add in the standard a short instruction regarding the usage of citations?

Cheers, Gladys G.--chela5808 14:59, 16 February 2009 (UTC)

Chela5808 (talk)02:59, 17 February 2009

Gladys, I do hope we can meet sometime. Maybe 8 years ago I visited Cancun very briefly. I'll be sure to look you up next time I get a chance to visit your country.

You learning from me??? NAY, it's me learning from you. Ah, guess it's a two-way street.


ASnieckus (talk)08:10, 18 February 2009

Oh, and...

One question. I originally used a third level header for the "Notes" section. I'm wondering if a second level header would be better (second seems to be more the standard in Wikipedia).


ASnieckus (talk)08:12, 18 February 2009

This is a two-way street. <--- new for me. Thanks :)

Yep, you're right. Looks better "Notes" will become an eventually 4th. field.

I loved your books... on example MathGloss/P/Pictograph. BTW, I have a nice collection of icons. I'll upload then ASAP, and categorize them...mmmhh .... "exicons"? --chela5808 21:34, 18 February 2009 (UTC)

Chela5808 (talk)09:34, 19 February 2009

I noticed the names of your icons frequently started with K. I figured you had a collection of them. I'm looking forward to the array of choices! Alison

ASnieckus (talk)15:29, 20 February 2009

Yes, this icons correspond to Nuvola Collection You can download them from site.


I've already found in WE some of these icons having different names. I kept names intact, except for some derivative works I created from them.

Have a nice day. --chela5808 13:18, 20 February 2009 (UTC)

Chela5808 (talk)01:09, 21 February 2009