Footnotes And Citation

Since more classes are using the wikis for writing assignments, it is important to understand different methods of citation. Fortunately, Wikidot makes citing and bibliography building easy with a built-in tool. There are two buttons in the toolset one titled Bib and the other an [n] that allow you to build a bibliography and add a note, respectively.


The first thing you want to do when notating and building a bibliography is to add a note. Hitting the [n] button will provide you with the following code in the wiki:

[((bibcite label))]

This lets the wiki know you are creating a citation and provides you with a space to add a label. You should usually use the author's last name as the label (and in the case of multiple citations of the same author just add a number at the end of the name i.e. Levine, Levine2, Levine3, etc.).

Once you've changed the label you should end up with a line that looks like this:

[((bibcite Levine))]

Now to build your Bibliography. Clicking on the Bib button will produce the following text

: label : full source reference

Here again we see the word label. You should use the same label here as you did in the note process because this is how the wiki knows what note lines up with what reference. Once you have changed the label, add your bibliographical information, which should follow Chicago style for footnotes.

When you are done, your bibiliographical code should look like this:

: Levine : Lawrence W. Levine, //Highbrow/Lowbrow: The Emergence of Cultural Hierarchy in America// (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1988), 240.

If you add another note, just add another line to the bibliography following this format:

: label : full source reference

and the wiki will build out your bibliography for you.

Here is an example of notes and bibliography in action:

Lawrence Levine writes about the change in American culture and the ascendancy of theatre from a lowbrow to highbrow cultural form.[1] This relates to Simon Frith's writings about the desire of highbrow cultural consumers to look down on mere entertainments.[2]

1. Lawrence W. Levine, Highbrow/Lowbrow: The Emergence of Cultural Hierarchy in America (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1988), 240.
2. Simon Frith, "Entertainment," in Mass Media and Society, ed. James Curran and Michael Gurevitch, 3rd ed. (London: Oxford University Press, 2000), 201.

Two additional features that citation in the wiki provide are:

  1. the ability to roll over the footnote and see the full citation
  2. the ability to click on the note and be taken to the bibliography.

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