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WWWiki doesn't exist in a vacuum. There are a great deal of other sources of information out there, many of which are used in writing articles for WWWiki. It's always important to cite your sources when you use external works. Failure to do so constitutes plagiarism and may be a copyright violation.

For the sake of consistency, please adhere to the system described through the examples below for any citations you add.

Adding References

Use <ref> Reference </ref> for citing, as the references will be automatically enumerated and placed at the bottom of the pages (or where <references /> is)[1]. Adding name="XX" for when you are repeating multiple times throughout the same page, replacing the XX with some name for the reference[2][2]. Add the group="XX" for grouping them separately[Group 1]. The group function can also be used for marking notes. When using the Visual Editor, most of the this process is simplified.

References Example

  1. Example 1
  2. 2.0 2.1 Example 2

Separate grouping:

  1. Example 3

For further examples, Blood Sorcery (VTM) makes a lot of use of all the different reference types.

Game Books & Games

The basic form for citing a games and books includes the game line, the title, the page. We've developed two very simple templates specifically for citing:

  • {{b|Game Abbrev|Page title|alt=Title|page=XX}}
  • {{m|Game Abbrev|Page title|alt=Title|page=XX}}

Now, what does each term means?

  • Use B for books, and M for any other media
  • Game Abbrev is either the full name or abbreviation of a game line. For example, VTR or Exalted.
  • Page title is the corresponding page for the book or game. Be sure to properly disambiguate. For example, VII is the in-character group, so use VII (book) instead.
  • Title is the actual name of the book or game. So instead of the template looking like VTM: Vampire: The Masquerade: Bloodlines, you add |alt=Bloodlines| as the VTM part is already abbreviated. Also use it for those with disambiguated pages, such as the VII (book) mentioned above.
  • Page is an optional section showing the page or pages on which the cited reference appears.
Source code How it looks
{{b|Exalted|Exalted Rulebook|alt=Rulebook|page=34}} Exalted: Rulebook, p. 34
{{b|VTR|Ghouls|page=72, 86}} VTR: Ghouls, p. 72, 86
{{b|Aberrant|Aberrant Worldwide: Phase II|alt=Worldwide Phase II|page=16}} Aberrant: Worldwide Phase II, p. 16
{{b|GW|Mutants and Machines|page=121-123}} GW: Mutants and Machines, p. 121-123

Advanced options

  • There are other option available, that provide an automatic link to places where the product can be bought or otherwise acquired. These are used like the |alt=term| above, replacing the alt for stm, pdf, fic, among others. To properly link them, go to the appropriate store page and take only the identifier number from the link.
  • |nip=| means Now in Print, and the value put there doesn't matter, as it just indicates that the book is available in print.


This is not something which should happen very often, but in the event it comes up, the basic form for citing a book includes the author's name, the title, the publisher, and the year published. It is acceptable to include wiki links if there is (or should be) an article on the subject. Examples from the Star Trek wiki, Memory Alpha:

  • Geoffrey Mandel. Star Trek Star Charts. New York: Pocket Books, 2002.
  • Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda. Star Trek Chronology. 2nd ed. New York: Pocket Books, 1996.
  • Jill Sherwin, ed. Quotable Star Trek. New York: Pocket Books, 1999.

Journals and Magazines

The citation for a journal entry or magazine should include the author's full name, the article title, the magazine or journal title, the volume or issue number or publication month, and the page numbers.

Web sites (not from periodicals)

Although a great deal of information circulates relatively freely and without credit throughout the web, at WWWiki we consider it important that all information be credited to the best extent possible. Web sites and other online message board postings may be referenced in the following style:

Citing WWWiki

For suggestions on how to cite WWWiki, see White Wolf Wiki:Citing WWWiki