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On Halo Nation you can add ref tags when citing sources. This uses the HTML <ref></ref> code.

Basic Concept


For information using novels and magazines as citations, the citation format would be the following:

'''Name of novel/magazine''', "chapter/section" (optional), ''page number'' (''"Quote"'' (optional))
For example, doing '''[[Halo: Ghosts of Onyx]]''', "Chapter ?", ''page 371'' (''"Spartans never die"'') will generate as so: Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, "Chapter ?", page 371 ("Spartans never die").
"Do note that the main format of citation should focus on title of novels/magazines and page numbers. If relevant as to providing clarification, include the paragraph/section and quote."

For information using electronic media such as news articles (i.e. IGN articles) or Bungie Weekly Update as citations, the citation format would be as so:

'''Website name''': ''Title of article'' (''"Quote"'' (optional))
For example, doing [ '''HaloFanon''': ''Side Factions''] (''"In conclusion, HaloFanFiction Wiki is better than Halo Nation!"'') will generate as so: HaloFanon: Side Factions ("In conclusion, HaloFanFiction Wiki is better than Halo Nation!")

For information using games as citations, the citation format would be as so:

'''Title of game''', campaign/multiplayer level, ''Name of Level'' - ''"any sub-title"'' (''"Quote"'' (optional))

'''Halo: Combat Evolved''', campaign level, ''The Truth and Reconciliation'' - ''"Shut up and get behind me - sir."'' (''"Captain Keyes: They call it Halo"'').

Reference Tags

The basic concept of the <ref> tag is that it inserts the text enclosed by the ref tags as a footnote in a designated section, which you indicate with the this tag <references/>.

If you don't include <references/> at the end of the article, none of the footnotes will appear.

This page itself uses footnotes, such as the one at the end of this sentence.[1] If you view the Wikicode of this page by clicking "Edit this page", you can see a working example of footnotes.

  • According to scientists, the Sun is pretty big.[2]
  • The Moon, however, is not so big.[3]

Multiple uses of the same footnote

To give a footnote a unique identifier, use <ref name="name"/>. You can then refer to the same footnote again by using a ref tag with the same name. The text inside the second tag doesn't matter, because the text already exists in the first reference. You can either copy the whole footnote, or you can use a terminated empty ref tag that looks like this: <ref name="name"/>.

In the following example, the same source is cited three times.

This is an example of multiple references to the same footnote.[4]

Such references are particularly useful when citing sources, if different statements come from the same source.[4]

A concise way to make multiple references is to use empty ref tags, which have a slash at the end. Although this may reduce redundant work, please be aware that if a future editor removes the first reference, this will result in the loss of all references using the empty ref tags.[4]


  1. An example source
  2. E. Miller, The Sun, (New York: Academic Press, 2005), 23-5.
  3. R. Smith, "Size of the Moon", Scientific American, 46 (April 1978): 44-6.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Remember that when you refer to the same footnote multiple times, the text from the first reference is used.


If you have a lot of references they can be placed in columns to save space and ease reading. Just add the following code: {{reflist|NUMBER OF COLUMNS}}

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