Lost Games Wiki:Citation Policy

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This policy covers the guidelines of citing sources in articles.

Why are sources necessary?

On the Lost Games Wiki, most of our information originates from gaming magazines, press reports, official and unofficial websites, and content directly from the games. In order to ensure that all information is factual, and not speculation, we need to cite sources.

For the most part, you don't really need to cite sources for information taken directly from the games. However, for information that's a little harder to verify, such as quotes from magazines, direct quotes or scans will help maintain the wiki's credibility. For translations, the original foreign-language text should be included with the translation, and if possible, translations should be done by individuals, as opposed to automated programs such as Google Translate.

As well as magazines and press reports, information can also originate from official and third-party websites, which must also be cited when used. Rumors and incorrect info are common online, so it's important to let the reader evaluate the source's validity for themselves. Users should also be aware of what websites are more trustworthy sources, and must be careful in choosing what websites to reference. If possible, avoid using wikis as sources, as those can be easily edited by others. If another wiki cites a source, it's better to cut out the middleman and reference the more official source.

Note that this is not an exhaustive list of where sources can be used. When in doubt, cite a source.

What to put as references

When citing a written source you cannot provide a link to, you only need to quote it and state the name of the publication. For example:

"Don't go rushing to an NES shelf to find Steel Empire. Although we listed it as an NES game, it is built for Genesis." GamePro, July 1992.

To cite online sources, you include an external link to the website with the website name, and the date when the reference was retrieved.

Lost Levels. Retrieved June 13, 2016.

How to add references

To add references, use <ref></ref> and <references/>.

Using the reference system

Take the The Adventures of Dewey the Dolphin article as an example. It contains information not present in the actual game, but which originated from an issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly:

The Adventures of Dewey the Dolphin is a cancelled NES game announced in Electronic Gaming Monthly.[1]

The bottom of the page features the References section, where the reader can see the source of this text:

  1. "Swim through the depths of the ocean watching out for all of the hungry fish who are looking for a tasty morsel for dinner. Meet up with Neptune, the Ocean god." Electronic Gaming Monthly, issue 13 (page 72).

When looking at the source of this page, you can see that the content of the note isn't given at the end of the article under the "References" header, but directly in the text:

'''''The Adventures of Dewey the Dolphin''''' is a cancelled NES game announced in ''Electronic Gaming Monthly''.<ref>"Swim through the depths of the ocean watching out for all of the hungry fish who are looking for a tasty morsel for dinner. Meet up with Neptune, the Ocean god." ''Electronic Gaming Monthly'', issue 13.</ref>

At the end of the article, under the "References" header, there's only one line of text:

==References==
<references/>

As you can see, the citation given between the <ref></ref> text is automatically placed wherever the <references/> anchor is put in the text. You don't have to worry about typing out the links provided to the footnote, as those are automatically created by the system.

Multiple citations of the same source

In long articles, it might be necessary to reference the same source multiple times. Instead of saying the same things twice and adding it to the References list multiple times, you can reuse your previous citation as many times as necessary. For this, you need to give names to your references:

If you give two or more references the same name,<ref name="test">Only
the description in the first ref with the name is
shown</ref> they will have the same number.<ref name="test"/>

The first time you give the reference, you have to use the name= parameter to give a short, descriptive name (e.g. "egm"). The second time you use the reference, you simply use a <ref/> tag with the same name. Both references will then have the same number, and share an entry under the "References" header, with links to every part of the article where they were mentioned:

If you give two or more references the same name,[2]

they will have the same number.[2]
[...]

2. ^ a b Only the description in the first ref with the name (that is, a) is shown

Requesting a source

Use the {{refneeded}} template for any statements that require proper sources. This includes information from magazines, statements from reviewers, obscure or difficult to verify ingame content (including glitches), beta elements, and dubious-sounding information in general. The template is used like this:

''Bio Force Ape'' was originally named ''Crack Buster''.{{refneeded}}

The result is this (with the link leading back to this page):

Bio Force Ape was originally named Crack Buster.[citation needed]

References should never be removed. If a website being used as a reference stops working, either link to an archived version (if possible), replace the link, or add {{deadlink}} after the source. When citing a magazine or book, it's important to mention the page number. If the page number isn't mentioned, add {{pageneeded}} as a reminder to editors to add the necessary information.