Help:Adding References to Articles

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A reference or footnote is a note placed at the bottom of a page of a document to comment on a part of the main text, or to provide a reference for it, or both. The connection between the relevant text and its footnote is indicated by a number which appears both after the relevant text and before the footnote.

Footnotes are sometimes useful for relevant text that would distract from the main point if embedded in the main text, yet are helpful in explaining a point in greater detail. Footnotes are also often used to cite references that are relevant to a text. Citation of sources is required.

Add a Reference or Footnote

  1. Place a <ref> ... </ref> immediately after the sentence where you want a footnote number to appear.
  2. Next, type the text of the note between the ref tags. For example if I typed this
This was one of the first articles I published <ref>Neurosurg. 2000 May;49(10):1021-9.</ref> 

It would appear as this

This was one of the first articles I published [1]

Finally Add a Reference Section at the Bottom of Your Article

  1. Place the <references/> tag in a "Notes" or "References" section near the end of the article and the list of notes will be generated here.

Cite error: <ref> tags exist, but no <references/> tag was found
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