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Do references in Wikipedia articles have to be OA?

asked 2018-03-01 12:57:48 -0500

I will be assisting a biology class to complete a WikiEDU assignment. Do references used in editing Wikipedia articles have to be Open Access?

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answered 2018-03-01 17:47:34 -0500

updated 2018-03-01 17:48:58 -0500

That's a very good question! Sources do not have to be open access, so you can feel free to use sourcing hosted by databases that require fees to access, as well as other sources. They can even be offline sources! Just make sure to remember to add a complete citation (author name, title, journal title, pages, ISBN or DOI, etc) for the material so that people can track down and read the source if they wished.

There are other things to remember when searching for sources, such as

It's also a good idea to review the module on editing medical topics if you are editing anything that falls under or brushes close to the topic of science and medicine, as it also gives some excellent tips on sourcing. Of course if you ever have a question you can also approach your Wikipedia Content Expert or post a question here as well.

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