This page is a style guide, describing how to create citations in articles.
Why sources should be cited
- To credit a source for providing useful information and to avoid claims of plagiarism.
- To show that your edit isn't original research.
- To ensure that the content of articles is credible and can be checked by any reader or editor.
- To help users find additional reliable information on the topic.
- To improve the overall credibility and authoritative character of Space Wiki.
- To reduce the likelihood of editorial disputes, or to resolve any that arise.
- To ensure that material about living persons is reliably sourced and complies with Wikipedia:Biographies of living persons.
Note: Wikipedia articles and categories cannot be used as sources in and of themselves. Sources must be independent from Space Wiki.
What sources should be used
- Sources should be reliable.
Use of non-free/open access sources
Wikipedia, in the spirit of the GFDL, encourages referencing of freely available sources, when information is available from both credible free/open access sources (FOASs) and sources which require registration and/or payment (non-FOASs).
- If a FOAS is deemed to be less reliable than a non-FOAS, use of a non-FOAS is perfectly acceptable.
- Use of reliable FOASs available on the web is encouraged, as it enhances the credibility of Space Wiki if the reader can speedily verify the veracity of a given fact by use of an outside source with a simple click of the mouse.