Articles with only one source
Where to put and how to use referencing, when you only have one source for an article (which has many sections or paragraphs)?
- Inline references (footnotes) for every paragraph
- Pros: It's easy to add new fact to an article, using a different source
- Cons: Clutters up the text with many footnotes
- Just put the source at the bottom (no footnotes)
- Pros: Doesn't clutter up the text (obviously!)
- Cons: If new info is added from a different source, it's hard to say to where each reference is pointing
Anyone recognize this problem? --Morgan 00:19, 13 December 2010 (UTC)
- I say yes to inline references per section, but not to paragraphs; see Lalia Clayhanger, for example. -- Ederchil (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 14:49, 13 December 2010 (UTC)
- I am firmly in the "reference as much, and as often, as possible" camp. If I were writing an essay I would struggle to write a paragraph without referencing, so I think the same must be true here especially as we are simply conveying information. --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 15:07, 13 December 2010 (UTC)
 Similar claims in different articles
Sometimes there are claims which I find are better (or more properly) explained in a different article. Shouldn't the reference only be used in that 'proper' article?
- Example 1) Yesterday I was editing the article Fire-drakes. There is a reference to Smaug, and that he was killed by Bard. Now, the article on Fire-drakes isn't really concerned about the details of Smaug. Do we then need a reference for the general claims that are made about Smaug in the article on Fire-drakes?
- Example 2) In the page for Quenya atar, we have the claim that it is derived from root ATA. If you go to the article on ATA you find the reference for this claim. But is it really needed to also have this reference on the atar page?
--Morgan 00:33, 13 December 2010 (UTC)
 Adding Maps to Reference Templates
Under Template:FR one of the options is "Part", which produces a reference to the "Part of the Shire" map. This is a very useful shortcut for adding a reference for a description of some location in the Shire (see the first reference in Hobbiton as an example). Template:S also has an option of "Map" for the "Map of Beleriand and the Lands to the North" fold-out.
However, these are the only template shortcuts for references maps. It would seem useful to have other such references in other templates. Here is a list:
- The Fellowship of the Ring (Template:FR) has the unnamed fold-out map for all of Middle-earth.
- The Two Towers (Template:TT) has the same map as Book I, so it may not need a reference.
- The Return of the King (Template:RK) has the unnamed fold-out map of Gondor and places nearby.
- Unfinished Tales (Template:UT) has the fold-out "The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age" map that has different features than the two maps in Books I and II. Unfinished Tales also has the "Númenórë" map on the page prior to the Introduction.
- The Hobbit (Template:H) has "Thrór's Map" and the bigger "Wilderland" map.
Could some administrator add these map references to the templates listed? If blank articles are attached to the references I or someone else could write up a description.
--Gamling 23:39, 7 July 2011 (UTC)
- Added maps to UT and H. I'm not sure which names to use for the maps contained in the LotR - any ideas? --Morgan 00:53, 8 July 2011 (UTC)
- For either Book I or II how about "Map of the West of Middle-earth"? For Book III, in the style of "A Part of the Shire" map, how about "Parts of Rohan, Gondor, and Mordor"? Probably marked as non-canonical names when the articles are written. --Gamling 04:50, 8 July 2011 (UTC)
- Checking in my 50th Anniv. edition of the LotR, I see that the old map split in four pieces has been substituted by CT's redrawing made for UT. I'll suggest that we therefore redirect "Map of the West of Middle-earth" to "The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age", and then note the publication history and any differences between the two maps in the article. What do you think? --Morgan 01:19, 9 July 2011 (UTC)
 Online sources
We don't have anything on web sources yet. The standard around the wikis seems to be: Author [if available] (Date [if available]), [www.thesourceurl.com/article_name Article name], Website, accessed date [no linking required]
- I ussually use [www.thesourceurl.com/article_name Article name], [www.thesourceurl.com Website name], dated [[date]], [[year]] (accessed [[date]], [[year]]) --Amroth 19:49, 8 December 2011 (UTC)
- I think it's convenient to have a template.--Morgan 13:02, 19 December 2011 (UTC)
What's a semi-secondary source? How does it differ from a primary source? --Morgan 06:50, 18 May 2013 (UTC)
- Agreed, I also don't get it. Letters and new stuff published in Vinyar and Parma are primary sources.-- 08:23, 18 May 2013 (UTC)
- If we want a distinction, perhaps it can only be between "published during Tolkien's lifetime" and posthumously published writings. But it might make more sense to discuss that in our article on canon. In any case I believe that we (the regular editors) have a fairly good consensus about what constitutes a reliable source.--Morgan 09:55, 18 May 2013 (UTC)