How do you write a biography from prelisted sources?

+8 votes
I have only added sources to several of my watch list relatives because I have botched up too many biographies.  I would like to retry writing biographies using inline sources.  If I can manage to do this will the prelisted sources be listed twice?
in The Tree House by Beulah Cramer G2G6 Pilot (582k points)

4 Answers

+3 votes
I've only done this on a few of my family members.

I wrote the story, using the <ref> etc boxes - which then appears in the Sources Section which in turn direct references shown in the Reference Section.

This meant you can read the story with [1] next to a fact/source which does not detract from the story.  Anyone then clicking on the box will be taken directly to the source.

When I get a chance I must return and spend time doing more profiles - give them some life and character.
by Living Bowling G2G6 Mach 6 (66.2k points)
+2 votes
Well, depending on how they were entered originally', you may have to do some cutting and pasting, but you can avoid repeating pre-existing  sources.  If you put a short reference such as "<ref>Some Book p355</ref>" in-line in the biio it will show up in the bio as [1] and under sources like 1. Some book p355.  In some cases you may want to elaorate more and put a more complete citation / source at the bottom of the numbered sources by entering * The Tildon Big Book (c) 1926 Some publisher, etc."  These start out under the ==source== thingee.  and the numbered sources magically appear above them.  This is the best way to deal with sources you're using a lot and need to show the page number and also the publication details.  It may not be the ideal way to do things, and I may eventually edit things to make them more technically correct, but someone wanting to find a source should be able to do it.  

So, paste your existing sources either between refs in the bio or star them below the sources and use a short reference in the bio.
by Living Dardinger G2G6 Pilot (449k points)
+4 votes
To answer your question. Yes the pre-listed sources will be listed twice. This is OK. Or what I usually do is:  write my sentence <ref> insert the reference to this sentence</ref> Then as I use the references copy/pasting them, I just delete them from the original listing. If you need help with the first few, let me know.
by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
In my example they are not listed twice.
+3 votes
Beulah, I took one of your recently edited profiles and edited it as an example of what you can do. Feel free to change it, and if you don't like it at all, you can revert it back through the Changes tab.
by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (933k points)

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