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This lesson centers around the construct of canonicity, to understand what it means, the policies surrounding it, and how it applies to our editing here at Nukapedia. We must be rigorous, steadfast, and bold in handling unverified information, labeling references accurately, and relegating data to the appropriate sections of an article to avoid contributing to misinformation. This lesson will provide instructions on how to identify canon and non-canon sources as well as how to reference them appropriately.

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Information from within the following games is considered canon:


Anything included within these games is canon and everything outside of these games is not. This includes characters, locations, events, dialogue, notes, holotapes, inscriptions, and anything else you may happen upon in the games. We sometimes refer to these games as "The Big Six."

You may hear things like "supplemental canon" or "dependent canon" or other ways of phrasing it, but as long as you remember that anything included within these games is canon and everything outside of these games is not, you can help to make the wiki a more trustworthy, transparent, accessible, and verifiable source of information for everyone.

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Since there is information outside of the canon games that may be applicable and valuable, whether it be game guides or developer comments or other behind the scenes information, we can still make references in our articles to these sources of information, but we must differentiate between non-canon and canon information by special reference formatting. That way, readers can clearly see where information comes from. These non-canon references must be marked clearly using the following formatting. Anything that is not canon should be referenced with the following format.
In front of a single citation, or a citation that will only appear once in an article.
Instructions Code
In front of a single citation, or a citation that will only appear once in an article, replace <ref> with:
<ref group="Non-canon/game" >
The code will look like this in the article:
A man named Angus founded the Hub.<ref group="Non-canon/game" >''[[Fallout Bible 0]]'': "2093 ''The Hub is founded by a man named Angus''".</ref>
The citation will look like this in the article:

A man named Angus founded the Hub.[Non-canon/game 1]

In the reference section, a single referenced article will appear like:

Fallout Bible 0: "2093 The Hub is founded by a man named Angus.

In front of duplicate citation, or a citation that will be used more than once in an article. Must be given a unique name that is not solely numerical.
Instructions Code
In front of duplicate citation, or a citation that will be used more than once in an article, give a descriptive name and replace <ref> with:
<ref name="name" group="Non-canon/game">
The code will look like this in the article:
The Mariposa Military Base was newly completed in January 2077.<ref name="BibleMariposa2077" group="Non-canon/game">''[[Fallout Bible 0]]'': "2077 January 7  ''Major Barnett orders transfer of all FEV research to the newly-constructed Mariposa Military Base."''</ref>
The citation will look like this in the article:

The Mariposa Military Base was newly completed in January 2077.[Non-canon/game 2]

For subsequent, identical references, instead of the full reference, replace it with:
<ref name="name" group="Non-canon/game" />
The code will look like this in the article:
Barnett decided to move all FEV research to Mariposa.<ref name="BibleMariposa2077" group="Non-canon/game" /> The scientists objected to the orders.<ref name="BibleMariposa2077" group="Non-canon/game" />
The citation will look like this in the article, the same after each reference:

Barnett decided to move all FEV research to Mariposa.[Non-canon/game 2] The scientists objected to the orders.[Non-canon/game 2]

In the reference section, a duplicate article will appear like:

2.0 2.1 Fallout Bible 0: "2077 January 7 Major Barnett orders transfer of all FEV research to the newly-constructed Mariposa Military Base."

At the end of an article where any non-game reference is used, after the canon references.
Instructions Code
If there are only canon references in an article, the following is placed at the very bottom:

==References==
{{References}}
If there are non canon/game references also, the following must be added:
==References==
{{References}}
;Non-canоn/game sources
{{References|group=Non-canоn/game}}
The citations will look like this in the article:

References
1. ↑ Alice McLafferty: "The Crimson Caravan Company has been in business for over 130 years. We're partially responsible for the progress in the NCR."
(Alice McLafferty's dialogue)

Non-canon/game
1. ↑ Fallout Bible 0: "2093 The Hub is founded by a man named Angus.
2. ↑ 2.0 2.1 Fallout Bible 0: "2077 January 7 Major Barnett orders transfer of all FEV research to the newly-constructed Mariposa Military Base."

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