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How to Write a Bibliography for Wikipedia

Updated April 17, 2017

Citing Articles from Wikipedia

Use the following format for APA style:

"Page Title." Date of Access.

For example:

"Cosmic View." 31 March 2010. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmic_View

Use the following format for MLA style:

Page Title. Wikipedia. Retrieved Date, from: URL

For example:

Cosmic View. Wikipedia. Retrieved March 31, 2010, from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmic_View

NOTE: Italicize the word "Wikipedia."

Use the following format for Chicago style:

Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. s.v. "Page Title." URL (accessed Date).

For example:

Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. s.v. "Cosmic View." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmic_View (accessed March 31, 2010).

Citing Articles for Wikipedia

Load the Wikipedia page to which you want to add a citation.

Click "Edit This Page" at the top of the screen.

To add a General Reference (not specifically quoted, but used to provide background information), add the following to the bottom of the page:

== References == *[Author Last Name], [Author First Name]. ''[Title of Piece]'', [Publisher Name].

The marks around Title of Piece are two single quotes (' '), not one double quote mark. Do not include the brackets.

For example:

== References == *Miller, E (2005). ''The Sun'', Academic Press.

To add a specific citation, insert the following exactly where you want the footnote to appear:

[Author Last Name], [Author First Name]: ''[Title of Piece]'', page [Page #]. [Publisher], [Year Published].

The marks around Title of Piece are two single quotes ('), not one double quote mark. Do not include the brackets.

For example:

Miller, E: ''The Sun'', page 23. Academic Press, 2005.

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