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Just a quick question to any informed members of Project Highway. Concerning: Structure of Articles: Route Description. Any suggestion on how one has referenced that section in other articles as most descriptions of the routes come either from map books or open source mapping sites? Bots keep placing banners on this section of selected articles. Regards Paul. Conlinp (talk) 12:37, 19 June 2019 (UTC)
- @Conlinp: I have a simple formula for the citations in a RD section for American highway articles. Take U.S. Route 8 for an example. That highway passes through three separate states: Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. For the paragraphs about US 8 in Minnesota, I cited the text I was writing to the then-current edition of the Minnesota state highway map published by the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Google Maps driving directions (in the satellite view) of US 8 in the state. The first citation verifies the official routing as published by the agency that owns and maintains that section of highway. The second citation gives the ability to zoom in for specific details that wouldn't appear on the paper map, and more importantly, it shows the landscape for the physical description attributes of the environment surrounding the roadway.
- The same pairing of citations occurs with the Wisconsin and Michigan sections: then-current official paper map from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation paired with Google Maps for Wisconsin, and the then-current official paper map from the Michigan Department of Transportation paired with Google Maps for Michigan. For Minnesota, there are some legal definitions that apply that are cited to the applicable state statutes.
- On U.S. Route 45 in Michigan, I had to use the map in the Rand McNally atlas to cite some details that MDOT omits from its paper map. Other details are cited to specific sources as appropriate because not all information will appear on maps.
- I hope this helps. Imzadi 1979 → 14:35, 19 June 2019 (UTC)