Help:Citations, quotations, references

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There are three terms on Wiktionary used when we are including information from external sources.

Citations
These are added to the Citations pages that accompany each dictionary page. They exist to document the history of the words usage, and to provide evidence that our definitions are correct. When adding an item to the Citations page of a word, you should use the {{cite-book}} template and include enough context from the original source that the meaning of the word can be clearly determined.
Quotations
These are added to the main dictionary entries, normally in between the definitions, but also occasionally in a separate ===Quotations=== section. Quotations exist to demonstrate clear usage of a word to aid in the understanding of the definition. For attestation purposes they are the same as Citations, however the template {{quote-book}} should be used to add them to the dictionary entry rather than relegating them solely to the Citations page.
References
These are used when we are referring to information about words written by others. They are mainly used in the Etymology and Usage notes sections to demonstrate that the contents has not been totally made up. References can be added to an entry using footnotes. <ref> tags or reference templates, and the contents of these tags will be displayed at the bottom in a ===References=== section that contains the <references/> tag. Each <references/> tag will show the information in preceding <ref> tags up to the previous <references/> tag, if one exists. A group= parameter is allowed if multiple <references/> groups are used per entry, but otherwise not needed. See Help:Footnotes for more information about how to use this feature.