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How do I transfer citations when translating a page

asked 2017-07-23 01:43:08 -0500

I'm in the process of translating a page from another language's Wikipedia and want to make sure that the citations from that site transfer to the English Wikipedia. What do I do?

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answered 2017-07-23 01:43:17 -0500

Before I discuss how to do this, a word of caution about translating articles. As the guidelines on notability and sourcing can differ between the various Wikipedias, make sure that your article passes notability guidelines before beginning translation. Other versions of Wikipedia are more inclusive, so having an article on another language's Wikipedia doesn't always mean that it will pass the English Wikipedia's notability guidelines. If you haven't already, please review the Translating Articles module before starting any article translation.

That said, there are two ways to ensure that the sourcing will transfer over to the English Wikipedia.

When editing in source mode, cut and paste the entire content from the original language to your sandbox. (You can do this by hitting Ctrl and A at the same time, then Ctrl and C, also at the same time. Switch to your sandbox and then paste the content by hitting Ctrl and V at the same time.) This will copy the sourcing along with the material to be translated. Make sure that when you copy the content from the original article, that it is open in source mode or you will not copy the sourcing. Before you save the content in your sandbox, make sure to remove the categories from the bottom of the article.

Copying the content in VisualEditor is very similar, as both your sandbox and the original article must be open in source mode. You would then cut and paste the content in the same manner. Don't worry if it takes a couple of seconds for the material to show up, as cutting and pasting a large amount of content in VisualEditor can take a little while. You would then save the page, which can also take a while.

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Each Wikipedia may have a slightly different way that they code their sources due to language differences, so you may have to go through and re-do some sourcing to make sure that it shows up correctly. The same thing can happen with templates. It's a good idea to bookmark the original entry to make sure that you can use it to make sure that you translate everything. I personally recommend that you work in VisualEditor whenever possible, as it's easier to re-add citations in VisualEditor.

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