Is there a better visual aide for learning how to document on wikitree?

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I am totally confused as to how to enter resources on wikitree. The column to the right is not helpful. Are we to use cite on the right or use < >, etc when we cite in the summary? There is nothing really intuitive as to figuring out how to cite information. If we add information, do the citations follow what is already cited? What if a citation is already there but I am adding more information from that particular reference? What if I have more information from a more recent reference? Do you use MLA, APA, or what? I publish professional papers in journals and have never had this much difficulty with citations as on wikitree! Could someone do ONE page that provides an example for 1) a primary reference; 2) a secondary reference; 3) a URL; 4) a 17th century visitation, etc., and then explain how they get entered in the actual edit area? Thank you for any help, Carol
in WikiTree Help by Carol Baldwin G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)

3 Answers

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Best answer

Hi Carol, Try this video on Inline References by Julie Ricketts. I found it a big help when I was trying to understand the placing of citations.

by Lynda Crackett G2G6 Pilot (678k points)
selected by Carol Baldwin
Very useful visual aide! It would be helpful to know how to add a birth or death certificate. Is the whole thing pasted, or is just the year, date, location, etc. listed? Thank you!
Carol, Thanks for the best answer star. You may find the answer to your additional question about certificates in the other two answers below.
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As to citation style, the preferred style is Chicago, especially as detailed in Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Millls. This is the style most professional genealogists would use. 

by Doug McCallum G2G6 Pilot (542k points)
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Although it says “Sources” what it really is is a page showing you how to cite sources. Hope it helps.

(edit typo)

by Erin Klein G2G6 Mach 2 (28.5k points)
edited by Erin Klein

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