Wikiquote:Sourced and Unsourced sections

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Only quotes properly sourced to an original work or a reputable secondary publication should appear in Wikiquote pages.

Where they appear depends on whether they are -

(a) sourced to an original speech, book, interview, film, or other work ("Quotes"),
(b) found in a reputable secondary source ("Attributed"), or
(c) widely associated with an author or work but sourced to another author or work ("Misattributed").

Quotes widely attributed to the author or work but not sourced to an original work or reputable secondary publication should appear as the first entry on the Discussion page {"Unsourced"}.

SourcedEdit

Place sourced quotes as follows.

QuotesEdit

Quotes sourced to the author or work appear without qualification in a "Quotes" section of the author's article,

AttributedEdit

Quotes sourced to a reputable secondary publication but not to an original work appear in an "Attributed" section in the author's article,

Markup. Create an Attributed section by copying the following wikitext and pasting it just below the Quotes section:

{{disputed begin}}
==Attributed==
<small>''Attributed: Quotes found in a ''reputable'' secondary source but not sourced to an original work. Read more at [[Wikiquote:Sourced and Unsourced sections]].''</small>
{{disputed end}}

Then insert content between the <small>''Attributed: ,,, line and the {{disputed end}} line.

MisattributedEdit

Quotes widely attributed to one author or work but sourced to another author or work appear in a "Misattributed" section in the non-author's article with citation to the correct authorship.

Markup. Create a Misattributed section by copying the following wikitext and pasting it just below the Attributed section if there is one, the Quotes section if there isn't:

{{misattributed begin}}
==Misattributed==
<small>''Misattributed: Quotes widely associated with an author or work but sourced to another author or work. Read more at [[Wikiquote:Sourced and Unsourced sections]].''</small>
{{misattributed end}}

Then insert content between the <small>''Misattributed: ... line and the {{misattributed end}} line.

UnsourcedEdit

Unsourced quotes widely attributed to an author but not sourced to any author's work or a reputable secondary publication should not appear in the author's article. Instead, they should appear in an "Unsourced" section in the reputed author's discussion page. See, for example, "History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme," widely attributed to Mark Twain. In the past, many articles were divided into "Sourced" and "Unsourced" sections. Move unsourced sections appearing in articles to discussion pages.

Markup. Create an Unsourced section at the top of a talk page by copying the following wikitext and pasting it just below {{talkheader}} and any other leading templates:

__TOC__
{{disputed begin}}
==Unsourced==
<small>''Unsourced: Quotes widely attributed to the author or work but not sourced to an original work or reputable secondary publication. Read more at [[Wikiquote:Sourced and Unsourced sections]].''</small>
{{disputed end}}

Then insert content between the <small>''Unsourced: ... line and the {{disputed end}} line.

Idiocy, pranks and vandalismEdit

Remove unsourced quotes that are not commonly attributed to an author. This includes quotes obviously not made by or about the subject, prank edits, and outright vandalism.

Moving quotesEdit

In all cases of moving or removing a quote, please include an explanation in the edit summary to inform other Wikiquotians why you feel this is appropriate. Example summaries include:

  • "sourced quote"
  • "moved to Misattributed after finding original quote"
  • "removed likely prank edit"

See alsoEdit