Methods of Listing Sources Consulted But Not Cited

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Listing sources consulted but not cited[edit | edit source]

Occasionally authors will want to include in an article a number of sources in which they searched for information, but did not actually locate the desired knowledge for building an article. This is similar to listing records searched that did not contain any genealogical information on a family. In the Wiki, this would entail searching for research guidance information to build an article. For example, if an author read five books in order to write an article about Newspapers in Wisconsin, and only two of the books contained the necessary information for writing the article, that author may still want to list all five books to reflect the research done to write the article. The question is, what is the best way to list these sources?

One possible solution[edit | edit source]

Using the example above, if only two books contained information that was used in the article, these would be added as citations at the bottom of the page. Additional details are available about how to add citations to an article. The other three books, however, could be added on the article talk page. This would allow readers to see the actual sources of information available in the main article, while having access to additional details about the article attached to the article via the talk page for that article.

Other options[edit | edit source]

Other options for adding might include adding a heading at the bottom of the page titled, "Sources consulted but not cited" and adding the additional material in paragraph form below this heading.