Do you have to put an access date on Wikipedia sources?

Or do you have to do anything else?

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  • 8 years ago
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    Strictly speaking, you can put sources in whatever sensible format you'd like, including or omitting access dates for web resources…

    In practice, Wikipedia has a handful of house citation formats, often characterized by templates (like "Cite web", < >) which allow individual parameters (like access date, title, URL, et cetera to be placed in the template in any order and then formatted by the template into house style.

    In practice, Wikipedians appreciate access dates to be added, since it makes the relevance of that particular source and the currency of the article more relevant. It's not required, but it's nice.

    Source(s): See also the extensive guide on citing sources on Wikipedia at < >
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