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How do I transfer citations when translating a page

asked 2017-07-23 01:43:08 -0600

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 -0600

updated 2017-11-01 18:00:52 -0600

First make sure article is notable

  • Guidelines on notability and sourcing can differ between the various Wikipedias, so make sure that your article passes these guidelines before beginning translation. 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.

Using source mode

  • Copy and paste the entire content from the original language to your sandbox. Press Ctrl+A, then Ctrl+C. Switch to the source mode editor in your sandbox, then paste the content by hitting Ctrl+V.
  • 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.

Using VisualEditor

  • Copying the content in VisualEditor is very similar, as both your sandbox and the original article must be open in source mode. It may take a few seconds for the material to show up when you copy it or when you save.

  • I personally recommend that you work in VisualEditor whenever possible, as it's easier to re-add citations in VisualEditor.

Checking the sources

  • Each Wikipedia has a slightly different way that they code their sources due to language differences. So make sure your sources show up correctly. This potential difference is also true of templates.
  • It's a good idea to bookmark the original entry to make sure that you translate everything.
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