How do we feel about Subsequent (Short) Notes in the References?

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I have a book that I will be citing on a few profiles and I wanted to know if there were guidelines on subsequent references (all references are inline).  For the first use, it would be in EE Full note format:

Adelos Gorton, The life and times of Samuel Gorton : the founders and the founding of the Republic : a section of early United States history and a history of the colony of Providence and Rhode Island plantations in the Narragansett Indian country now the state of Rhode Island, 1592-1636-1677-1687 : with a genealogy of Samuel Gorton's descendants to the present time (1907), 403; Image copy, Internet Archive ( : accessed 25 Jun 2016).

For all other ref's on the profile are we good with Short Note:

Gorton, The life and times of Samuel Gorton, 234.

Gorton, The life and times of Samuel Gorton, 95.

Gorton, The life and times of Samuel Gorton, 875.

Or, would it be better to make a free space page about the book and then use some sort of template, like [[Space:The Giles Memorial|The Giles Memorial]]

in Policy and Style by Talicyn Daniels G2G6 (6.1k points)

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My preferred approach for this situation (not necessarily what anyone else does) is to provide a complete citation in the Sources section of the profile, then use a short notes format for footnotes in the text, including (when such is available) a link to the electronic version of the page cited. For example: <ref>Gorton, The life and times of Samuel Gorton,  [ page 234]</ref> or just <ref>Gorton, [ page 234]</ref>

The citation in the Sources section can include a link to a Free-Space Page about the source, if such a page exists, but I think it's a good idea to try to provide a complete standard bibliographic citation (like we learned to do in school term papers) in the profile. (If there's a Free-Space Page, it typically will include more information about the source and its availability than would be found in a standard citation.)

by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.6m points)
selected by Talicyn Daniels
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Hi Talicyn. I don't know if this will help  but someone showed me this trick. You can set one up for your source as well. This way errors, comments and the like can all be tracked on one page from every profile that is sourced from it.
by Lance Martin G2G6 Pilot (128k points)
See, I like that idea, but the current policy says that "preferred style is the Evidence Explained" so I wanted to check.  Doing it that way almost has a repository feel to it.
I can't see the difference. If you create or find a good example of what Evidence Explained is can you give me a heads up please?

The example I give lets you link to a wiki space that describes the source. It also includes a footnote option which lets you give page number and any other information/fact within the biography portion that you want to specifically source.
An EE citation would look just like that full big block on the middle of my post, and it would occur as a footnote on the page of the person, and then each additional time that was used on that specific profile, the shortened version is appropriate.

Linking to another page is not really addressed in EE style at all, but you could add an EE citation on that page.

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