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Today we will talk about references, a very important part of editing. They help create strong, well-written articles as well as show our readers where our information comes from. It is also important to reference each claim we add to an article so that other editors can verify the information independently.

Rule of thumb: Everything added to the wiki needs to be referenced, especially if making a claim that can't be seen or experienced in-game.

There are a variety of sources that can be referenced, and for the purposes of this lesson, we are going to learn two common types - a dialogue file and a terminal entry.

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A dialogue file is a combination of spoken lines that are datamined, formatted, and placed as a link on each character page. It shows the lines that are spoken by the character in-game. Usually the conversation takes place between this character and the player character, so we reference it with the player character's "prompt" (meaning the line spoken right before the reference line) and then the desired line. This just helps provide a little context for the reference.

For our example, we will look at the dialogue between the Courier and Robert House. Mr. House's dialogue file is found in the infobox of his character page, under the technical tab. It is called MrHouse.txt.

The claim that we will be referencing is:

"Mr. House will describe Vegas as one of a kind, and despite the Strip appearing as only a fraction of the city's former glory, he will note that he preserved its spirit."

Once we arrive, especially for long dialogue files, I do a search for a keyword. In this case, "glory." Finding the line, we will now format it correctly. The first line under topic is what the Courier says, which reads, "I've never seen anything like this place" to which Mr. House responds, "Of course you haven't. Vegas always was one of a kind. What you see down on the Strip is just a fraction of the city's former glory, and yet... more than an echo. I preserved its spirit." The format of the reference is depicted below, step by step.

We start with <ref> at the beginning of every reference. Then we add the first line, from the Courier. Then we finish with a line break, which jumps to the next line. A line break can be written like <br />.
First line
<ref>[[Courier]]: ''"I've never seen anything like this place."''<br />
The next line we will transcribe is from Mr. House. We do not need to add another <ref>, but we will add another line break at the end.
Second line
[[Robert House]]: ''"What you see down on the Strip is just a fraction of the city's former glory, and yet... more than an echo. I preserved its spirit.''"<br />
The last line will be a reference to the dialogue file we are using as the reference, so that other editors can verify the line. Then add a closing </ref> to end the reference.
Second line
([[MrHouse.txt|Robert House's dialogue]])</ref>
Now we can push all these individual segments together, and it will look like this.
Full example
<ref>[[Courier]]: ''"I've never seen anything like this place."''<br />[[Robert House]]: ''"What you see down on the Strip is just a fraction of the city's former glory, and yet... more than an echo. I preserved its spirit.''"<br />([[MrHouse.txt|Robert House's dialogue]])</ref>
Back on the article, we can add this to the end of the claim we are making. This will result in a small number applied in superscript, a bit above the line. The full reference will appear on the bottom of the article.
Article reference
The Courier can inquire about Vegas while in conversation with him. Mr. House will describe Vegas as one of a kind, and despite the Strip appearing as only a fraction of the city's former glory, will note that he preserved its spirit.<ref>[[Courier]]: ''"I've never seen anything like this place."''<br />[[Robert House]]: ''"What you see down on the Strip is just a fraction of the city's former glory, and yet... more than an echo. I preserved its spirit.''"<br />([[MrHouse.txt|Robert House's dialogue]])</ref>
The reference will appear like this in the article.
Appears like
The Courier can inquire about Vegas while in conversation with him. Mr. House will describe Vegas as one of a kind, and despite the Strip appearing as only a fraction of the city's former glory, will note that he preserved its spirit.[1]
At the bottom of the article, we need to make sure that a reference section is set up to display our references. Sometimes it is already included, but always check in case it is not. The section will go at the very bottom, above any navboxes, and below the gallery. A reference section looks like this.
Appears like
==References==
{{references}}
Here is an example of what it would look like within the Mr. House article, nestled between the gallery above and navbox below.
Appears like
==Gallery==
<gallery>
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</gallery>

==References==
{{references}}

{{Navbox characters FNV}}
Now that we have learned the basics of referencing a dialogue exchange, there are two helpful formatting options I want to make you aware of, for articles that have a large number of references. You can use {{ref box}} to put all the references in a scrolling box, or you can use {{references|2}} in order to place the references in two columns.

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The second type of reference we will learn today is one from a terminal entry. Datamined, formatted, and added to the wiki in a similar process, terminal entries are found on the location pages in which they are found in-game. A location will have one file in the infobox that includes all terminals in that location.

For our example, we will look at information within a terminal entry located inside of Parsons State Insane Asylum.

The claim that we will be referencing is:

"Lorenzo Cabot was admitted involuntarily to the facility for indefinite confinement on June 11, 1898."

To find this information, we find the terminal entry file on the location article, and then do a search for a keyword, such as "Lorenzo." We find it under the "Patient 001-MS" entry in "Patient Records" on Jack's office terminal.

Unlike dialogue, terminal entries don't have to be copy pasted as a transcript. We can just note where they are located in the following way. Below is also a visual that may help separate the sections.
Full example
<ref>[[Parsons State Insane Asylum terminal entries#Patient 001-MS|The Parlor terminal entries; Jack's office terminal, Patient 001-MS]]</ref>

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We will start with <ref> and double brackets. Then we will write the file name, a hash tag, and then the exact subheader where the reference is located, and then a vertical line, or pipe. This is all hidden under the references, and used to navigate to the exact correct spot when clicked.

After the pipe, everything is going to be visible in the references section, and the only difference is that we write the name of the terminal between the two. So in the example image, the name of the file/terminals is "Parsons State Insane Asylum terminal entries" (green), the name of the exact location of the reference is "Patient 001-MS" (orange), and the name of the terminal is "Jack's office terminal" (purple).

Then we will end the reference with closing brackets and </ref>. This time the reference will look like this, and then will appear in the article as the second example.
Article reference
Lorenzo Cabot was admitted involuntarily to the facility for indefinite confinement on June 11, 1898.<ref>[[Parsons State Insane Asylum terminal entries#Patient 001-MS|The Parlor terminal entries; Jack's office terminal, Patient 001-MS]]</ref>
Appears like
Lorenzo Cabot was admitted involuntarily to the facility for indefinite confinement on June 11, 1898.[1]
That covers commonly used reference types and how to use them to appropriately place references in articles. The last thing to learn is that if you come across a reference that is needed, but you don't know where to look, add the following code behind it, which adds it to a category for others to help search for as well. You can continue to the short quiz on the lesson below.
Citation needed
{{citation needed}}

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