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WGST 1100: Gender, Race, & Sexuality in Wikipedia

This guide will assist you in editing Wikipedia.

What material should I cite?

What makes a source good to add as a reference in Wikipedia?

  • Published: and peer-reviewed if possible.
  • Available: can readers access the source?
  • Secondary: secondary sources are better to cite than primary material, except in cases like official census figures.
  • Actually supports the text: the source should back up what is stated. If it doesn't, but is a good general resource for the topic (such as a specialty encyclopedia), consider adding the source to a "further reading" section.

Read more at the Wikipedia guideline Identifying reliable sources and identifying independent sources (no vested interest in a given Wikipedia topic and therefore is commonly expected to cover the topic from a disinterested perspective): 

Good sources are reliable, independent, and speak to notability. Books, major newspapers, magazines and academic journals are reputable and not likely to be disputed by other editors. Blogs and other self-published material can be used, but may be considered less reliable. Avoid using these as your only sources.

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