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First, locate a '''strong secondary source''',{{refn|See [[w:Wikipedia:Reliable sources|Wikipedia:Reliable sources]] for a thorough discussion about choosing reliable sources for research. Essentially, you should keep your sources to '''scholarly printed material''': books and journals. Occasionally web resources will work, like reviews and essays in magazines and newspapers and the infrequent web site, but mostly you will want to stick to those items you find in a library. Physically going to the library is the best way to uncover excellent sources, but increasingly full-text resources are available via university libraries. Either way, introduce yourself to a librarian to get the best sources.}} usually a book or an article from a scholarly journal—your university library is a big help here. Get the article and read it, taking notes as you go. Try to identify the critic’s main point(s) and write it in your own words. Once you have read the article, you are ready to write your bibliographic entry.
First, locate a '''strong secondary source''',{{refn|See [[w:Wikipedia:Reliable sources|Wikipedia:Reliable sources]] for a thorough discussion about choosing reliable sources for research. Essentially, you should keep your sources to '''scholarly printed material''': books and journals. Occasionally web resources will work, like reviews and essays in magazines and newspapers and the infrequent web site, but mostly you will want to stick to those items you find in a library. Physically going to the library is the best way to uncover excellent sources, but increasingly full-text resources are available via university libraries. Either way, introduce yourself to a librarian to get the best sources.}} usually a book or an article from a scholarly journal—your university library is a big help here. Get the article and read it, taking notes as you go. Try to identify the critic’s main point(s) and write it in your own words. Once you have read the article, you are ready to write your bibliographic entry.


First, find the appropriate '''citation template''': [[w:Template:Cite book|book]], [[w:Template:Cite journal|journal]], [[w:Template:Cite magazine|magazine]], [[w:Template:Cite news|newspaper]], or [[w:Template:Cite web|web site]]{{refn|Web sites should be used sparingly as they (1) are often not credible, and (2) tend to disappear. If you think a web page would make a good source, look for two things: an author’s name and a posted date. If these are missing, you might want to avoid using the site as a source.}} will cover most of them.{{refn|See [[w:Wikipedia:Citation templates|Wikipedia:Citation templates]] for further explanation and a list of other source templates you can use.}} Templates provide an easy, consistent way to use sources. For example, this is the template for citing a book:
Next, find the appropriate '''citation template''': [[w:Template:Cite book|book]], [[w:Template:Cite journal|journal]], [[w:Template:Cite magazine|magazine]], [[w:Template:Cite news|newspaper]], or [[w:Template:Cite web|web site]]{{refn|Web sites should be used sparingly as they (1) are often not credible, and (2) tend to disappear. If you think a web page would make a good source, look for two things: an author’s name and a posted date. If these are missing, you might want to avoid using the site as a source.}} will cover most of them.{{refn|See [[w:Wikipedia:Citation templates|Wikipedia:Citation templates]] for further explanation and a list of other source templates you can use.}} Templates provide an easy, consistent way to use sources. For example, this is the template for citing a book:


<code><nowiki>{{cite book |last= |first= |author-link= |date= |title= |url= |location= |publisher= |page= |isbn=}}</nowiki></code>
<code><nowiki>{{cite book |last= |first= |author-link= |date= |title= |url= |location= |publisher= |page= |isbn=}}</nowiki></code>
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