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The reference section should provide evidence for the information given on the page. Without this evidence information becomes useless.

Please give multiple references as a bulleted list, and if it is available give the original publication always first. A useful template we use in the section is the {{aut|Carolus Linnaeus}} template. This will print authors names in different font from the rest of the text (Carolus Linnaeus). Names of journals should be italicized.

Example reference section:

==References==
* {{aut|Linnaeus, Carolus}}: ''Systema Naturae'' 3: 25
* Internet resource [http://www.myreference.org/]

Which will display as:

References[edit]

  • Linnaeus, Carolus : Systema Naturae 3: 25
  • Internet resource [1]

A reference is a good reference when:

  • It is the original description of the sanctioning author, and it contains a Latin description (sometimes only a few words).
  • The reference uses Latin binomial nomenclature, and gives years, and authors names.
  • The reference gives sources of their own.

If above points are lacking in your sources, the reference must be marked as doubtful.

Reference templates[edit]

There are several templates available for references that are cited often.

Standard reference templates
Template code Result More information
{{AlgaeBase|genus|43546}} Staurastrum in the AlgaeBase,
Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. (2014). AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway.
Template:AlgaeBase
{{ASW5|accessdate=2008-01-16}} Frost, Darrel R. (2007). Amphibian Species of the World: An Online Reference. Version 5.0. Electronic database accessible at [2]. Accessed on 2008-01-16. Template:ASW5
{{CoF|sp|4340||Nematobrycon palmeri}} Nematobrycon palmeri in Catalog of Fishes,
Eschmeyer, W.N. (ed) (2014). Catalog of Fishes electronic version.
Template:CoF
{{FishBase ordo|Esociformes}}
{{FishBase family|74|Esocidae}}
{{FishBase genus|Esox}}
{{FishBase species|258|Esox lucius}}
FishBase link : ordo Esociformes (Mirror site)
FishBase link : family Esocidae (Mirror site) (+species list)
FishBase link : Esox species list (mirror site)
FishBase link : species Esox lucius (Mirror site)
Template:FishBase ordo
Template:FishBase family
Template:FishBase genus
Template:FishBase species
{{GRIN|fam|879}}


{{GRIN|gen|9418}}


{{GRIN|sp|28411}}
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Pinaceae and its list of genera in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), US Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Pinus and its species list in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), US Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Pinus albicaulis in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), US Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service.
Template:GRIN
{{ITIS|180679|''Dugong dugon'' (Müller, 1776) }} Dugong dugon (Müller, 1776) Report on ITIS Template:ITIS
{{IUCN|CR|57334|Telmatobius Culeus}} IUCN: Telmatobius Culeus (Critically Endangered) Template:IUCN
{{MSW|11600005}}
{{MSW|11600005|i}}
Reference section in Mammal Species of the World.
Wilson, D. E. & Reeder, D. M. (eds.) (2005). Mammal Species of the World. A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. Third edition. ISBN 0801882214
Reference section in Mammal Species of the World.
Wilson, D. E. & Reeder, D. M. (eds.) (2005). Mammal Species of the World. A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. Third edition. ISBN 0801882214
Template:MSW
{{NCBI|9606|''Homo sapiens''}} NCBI link: Homo sapiens Template:NCBI
{{NRDB genus|genus=Uroplatus}}
{{NRDB species|genus=Uroplatus|species=sikorae}}
Uroplatus at the New Reptile Database


Uroplatus sikorae at the New Reptile Database||Template:NRDB genus
Template:NRDB species

{{PLANTS|ADENI}} USDA NRCS PLANTS Profile Template:PLANTS
{{WoRMS||154210}} Esox lucius in the World Register of Marine Species Template:WoRMS
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