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I ran into problems creating references for my first edits here in 2012. I've programmed computers ever since I punched my first IBM card, and used markup languages since RUNOFF, but writing references for Wikipedia introduces one to an entirely different level of complexity. I have been exploring it ever since.

I recommend for your first references (sources):

  • <ref>Author, Title, Web address if there is one, Publisher, Date</ref>.
  • With Visual Editor use Cite->Manual->Basic form, and the editor will add the <ref></ref> part for you.

Don't worry about formatting; just get all the information in there. Add page numbers for references from books and magazines. A web address isn't enough since web pages move.

But my Totem saw the shame; from his ridgepole shrine he came,
      And he told me in a vision of the night:—
'There are nine and sixty ways of constructing tribal lays,
      And every single one of them is right!'

Rudyard Kipling, "In the Neolithic Age".
View the full poem on Wikisource.

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