Source checking

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Source checking an article means confirming that the cited source is properly cited and that it supports the claim being made. When source checking, you should ask the following questions:

  • Is there a citation for all information and claims in the article? (Exception: Simple facts that are common knowledge do not have to be cited. For additional guidelines, see Wikipedia's definition of common knowledge.)
  • Is the citation complete and accurate?
  • Does the article accurately represent the information in the source?
  • Are any quotations accurate?
  • Are the paraphrases, if any, thoroughly reworded in order to avoid plagiarism?

When source checking, you should check on 5 sources cited within the article. On the Discussion page for the article or essay, make a list of the sources you checked and sign it using 4 tildes (~). You may use abbreviate citations for this purpose. For example:

Source checked by ~~~~ (this will sign/date your note)

  • Smith, 2002 (added complete title)
  • Argall, 1999 (no changes)
  • Jones, 2015 (improved paraphrase)
  • Ridgely, 2008 (made small correction to quotation)
  • Steele, 2014 (added phrase to more accurately represent the source)

If you believe that a particular sentence, quotation, or paragraph requires the addition of a citation, add the following immediately following the passage in question: {{cn}}

This code will produce a "citation needed" superscript, as shown here.[ citation needed ]

Note that omitting a citation can be a form of plagiarism. You can also plagiarize by omitting quotation marks on an exact quotation or through poor paraphrasing. For additional information about plagiarism, see the Wikipedia plagiarism policy.