Hey guys, SunXia here again with a continuation of our guides to our policies here at Bleach Wiki!! Today I'm going to focus on the importance of Referencing in our articles!! Now any of you that have been here for a while, and some of you new guys that have added stuff in but had it removed because it lacked references, this blog is here to help you out as References are very important in the Bleach Wiki:Manual of Style AND the Bleach Wiki:Layout Guide!!
What are references??
References and Citations are very important in our articles as they validate the words written by our users!!
They provide sources for the information so that any of our readers can go to the pages in question and find just where the information was obtained!!
They act as evidence that support the statements made in the article directing people to where they can find the truth from the Bleach sources themselves!!
As stated before, references give the the articles validation and truth!!
There are varying outlet sources within the Bleach Universe so, naturally, some of them conflict with each other either when it comes to the Anime Creators not knowing the true color of some things before a color spread is done in the Manga, or them creating fillers that conflict with information previously or later gained in the original source!!
Also, in the Academic world, References show that you produced your work under the influence of the work of others!! Thus our Wiki is produced under the influence of Tite Kubo and his work followed by the work created by others with inspiration and the permission of Kubo!! Our articles look more accurate and professional as a result!!
When information is added to an article, the references support the statements!! Without references we cannot expect out readers to believe everything that is written here about the Bleach universe is true, otherwise it can be deemed speculation!!
How do I reference??
You reference something by adding the reference tags (<ref></ref>) at the end of the piece to want to reference!! They should include information regarding where you go the information you are inserting into the article!!
For Manga References:
- <ref>''Bleach'' manga; Chapter N, pages x-y</ref>
For Anime References:
- <ref>''Bleach'' anime; Episode N</ref>
Of course, you replace the N, x and y values with the relevant Chapter or Episode Number and the pages from the chapter you got the information from!!
NOTE: There are other sources within the Bleach Universe from which to quote from, their usage is less common than the Anime or Manga but they are used!! You can find them on the Manual of Style under the Source Referencing section, at point 6 for further information!!
It is really easy once you get the hang of it!!
Where do I add References??
Usually it is best to insert a reference at the end of a paragraph or the end of a sentence, if the next sentence take place in a new Chapter or Episode!!
What I mean is, if you are writing the Plot section of a character regarding the event in the same Chapter, if the next sentence ocurred on the next page of the Chapter, its alright to combine those references into one reference!!
Here's an example of how NOT to reference from Orihime's page:
- The pair steal Shinigami uniforms on Orihime’s influence after she defeats weaker members of the Gotei 13.<ref>''Bleach'' manga; Chapter 119, page 14-16</ref> She attracts the attention of Toshimori Umesada of the Ninth Division, resulting in Uryū protecting her from his advances before he is called off.<ref>''Bleach'' manga; Chapter 119, page 11-13</ref> The pair renew their search for Rukia, unaware that they are being stalked by Mayuri Kurotsuchi.<ref>''Bleach'' manga; Chapter 119, page 17-18</ref>
Each of these events took place on pages that were chronologically, one after another!! When these things happen, and when you are still talking about one event, involving the same characters that has not moved on to the next scene, there is no need to write a reference for each sentence when one at the end of the paragraph wil do the job since everything took place within the same group of pages without switching scenes to other characters!! Thus the correct way to do this is to compress the references into one reference at the end which encompasses everything that preceded it since the last reference!! Like this:
- The pair steal Shinigami uniforms on Orihime’s influence after she defeats weaker members of the Gotei 13. She attracts the attention of Toshimori Umesada of the Ninth Division, resulting in Uryū protecting her from his advances before he is called off. The pair renew their search for Rukia, unaware that they are being stalked by Mayuri Kurotsuchi.<ref>''Bleach'' manga; Chapter 119, page 11-18</ref>
See, it looks a lot neater and the paragraph is not broken up with many reference tags when one will suffice!!
Also, you will find there are times when you need to add a reference more than once!! This is very common in Anime-Only Fight Summaries as these do not include chapters from which to work from and everything takes place in the one Episode!!
In these cases, it is better to name your reference so that the system is able to take note that the events are taking place in the same Episode and thus does not make duplicate references where one will suffice!!
To start, you should enter your reference after the first paragraph as usual, only this time you name it like this:
- <ref name="E319">''Bleach'' anime; Episode 319</ref>
Now that reference can be entered after every paragraph from which the information is still being taken from that same episode!! Thus for identical references that will follow you can use this:
- <ref name="E319"/>
This will allow the system to make note of the identical reference and combine them under one footnote at the bottom of the page!!
NOTE:You can find more information on the Help:Cite page that gives a breakdown of using citations in articles!!
What pages require References??
References must be on every page unless it is an article detailing an Episode Summary!! Obviously, these articles are summarizing a specific episode so it goes without saying where the information is being taken from!!
NOTE:You can use our Bleach Wiki:Layout Guide to see which type of articles include References within their layouts for more information!!
Articles that are in need of Referencing are added to THIS PAGE whenever their inadequacy is discovered!! Referencing was not always an enforced requirement of this site, which is years old, so at times articles that do not match this requirement sometimes slip through the net!! Thus they are listed on the Article Improvement Unit for people to claim and fix when they can!!
Which kind of References are preferred??
Here at Bleach Wiki, we recognize the Bleach Manga as created and written by author Tite Kubo to be the Primary Source of referencing and information on this Wiki!! The Anime may be what you prefer but it is still secondary to the original material created by Tite Kubo!!
Thus, the Manga is considered the Primary Source of referencing and is thus preferred!! The Anime is secondary to that!! When the information conflicts between the two, the information from the Manga will be the information that is added and Referenced!!
At times Tite Kubo will write Databooks on the characters and thus, these are also considered Primary Sources as they are written by the Author and the information in them will outweigh any information given out my any Third Party Source ie - NOT Tie Kubo!!
As you can see Referencing articles is not daunting or difficult once you get the hang of it!! But remember, they may be simple to add but they still must be added or else any new information will be removed!!