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Sourcing in Lexicanum is important to maintain a professional and objective insight into the Warhammer 40,000 universe. To this end, please follow these rules although variation is expected.


Throughout the article you are creating, at the end of paragraphs you must put a number to identify where the information in the paragraph came from. Also, if there is information from more than one source in one paragraph, you should put the relevant number at the relevant point in the text. This is shown here:

"Wikipedia rules 1. The source for this text is coming from me rather than Wikipedia2. If I then said that Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia I would have to source it 1."

You can also source bulk text in the same way, just don't think you have to source every single sentence!

Even if there is only one source to a article, you MUST put a foornote to any and all paragraphs. This is so that if any information is added at a later date then it is clear where information is from.

Doing numbers

To produce the small, superscript numbers you should type <sup> (short for superscript), then the number, and then </sup>. A full example would be <sup>1</sup>. You can put anything you like between the sups, but we suggest only using a number as that is how it is done throughout Lexicanum.

An alternative way to create superscript numbers is the Template:C.

At the end

At the end of the text, you should create a level two heading (==Headline Text==) entitled Sources (i.e. ==Sources==) under which you will put the proper name of the source and page number referenced. You can use both internal and external links and most of the sources you will use will be something we have an internal article on. To do this, put a star (*) and type the sup of the article you wish to source from. Then place a colon after the </sup> and type the link in. An example is:


Referencing multiple pages from one source

If the article you are editing requires sourcing from more than one page of the material e.g. a Novel or Codex, then add a letter, starting in alphabetical order, to the sourced body of text alongside the number of the original source as you would when normally sourcing.e.g.:

Horus revolted against the Imperium.<sup>1a</sup> ... But was ultimately defeated at great cost.<sup>1b</sup>

Displays as:

Horus revolted against the Imperium.1a ... But was ultimately defeated at great cost.1b

Then add a sub section below the original source by putting two (*) and create superscript with letters instead e.g.:

 *<sup>1</sup>: [[Codex Example]]:
 **<sup>a</sup>: p. 22
 **<sup>b</sup>: Chapter 6

Displays as:


In the case of Codices, a page number is needed, whereas with novels a Chapter number can suffice if you are extracting a large amount of information from said chapter. However if the information is only on a precise few pages then they must be sourced precisely, similar to the codex style. Short Stories may be sourced by only their title.

Web Site Sourcing

Only official Games Workshop (and subsidiaries) websites should be listed as a source.

PDF files

You cannot link directly to a .pdf document. GW & Lexicanum policy state you must link to the Terms of Use that leads to the .pdf file. And only to .pdf files that are posted on an official GW site.

Active Sites

When citing a web site, use the same process as citing a GW publication. Also include a notation of when you viewed the site using ISO date notation (YYYY.MM.DD). Example:

Inactive Sites

A website that has been removed should not be listed as a source. However, if a site that had been listed as a source (see above) has been taken down, the citation should be changed as follows:

  1. Remove the link brackets [ ]
  2. Place <nowiki></nowiki> tags around the URL. This will keep it from becomming a link.
  3. Add notation that the site is no longer active.


*1:http://www.badabwar.com (site is no longer active, accessed 2006.07.12)

Here is the coding:

*1:<nowiki>http://www.badabwar.com</nowiki> ''(site is no longer active, accessed 2006.07.12)''

Examples of Good Sourcing

Old Sourcing

The older and out of use form of sourcing can be found here: Lexicanum:Sourcing (old).