Hetalia Archives:Citation

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This page is an important policy page for Hetalia Archives. All members should read this.

Citations are used to identify reliable sources in which an article is based on.

Due to Himaruya's habit of deleting some of his older content and information being hidden deep within his blog, sourcing is crucial for the majority of the articles here. By adding a source, you verify that the source is accurate and can be trusted for readers. Should it be incorrect, kindly challenge it on the article's talk page or fix it with the proper source. Any unsourced content added after August 2012 may be subject to questioning or removal.

How to source

Once you find a sentence or paragraph you want to source, add the code <ref></ref>. In between is where you'll be putting your citation. Hetalia Archives offers three different types of ways to source but Cite book and Cite web are the most commonly used here. Below is an example of both templates:

<ref>{{cite book|last=Himaruya|first=Hidekaz|year=2008|title=ヘタリア Axis Powers 2|trans_title= Hetalia: Axis Powers 2|publisher=Gentosha|page=19|isbn=978-4-3448-1514-8}}</ref>
<ref>{{cite web|title=スウェーデン|url=http://himaruya.blog61.fc2.com/blog-entry-372.html|last=Himaruya|first=Hidekaz|date=October 27, 2008|accessdate=July 21, 2013|trans_title=Sweden}}</ref>

In cases where a source needs to be added multiple times, don't copy and paste the coding multiple times or else it will clutter the references list. Instead, when you're adding the ref for the first time, you'll be giving it a name (ex. <ref name="Sweden">). Now your source looks something like this:

<ref name="Sweden">{{cite web|title=スウェーデン|url=http://himaruya.blog61.fc2.com/blog-entry-372.html|last=Himaruya|first=Hidekaz|date=October 27, 2008|accessdate=July 21, 2013|trans_title=Sweden}}</ref>

That way, when it comes to using the source again in another spot in the article, simply type in <ref name="Sweden"/>. Make sure the slash ("/") is there after the quotation marks or else your code will break.

If the page you're adding sources to doesn't have a references list, scroll down to the end of the last section and add the following:


If the list appears to be too long, you may want to consider splitting it into sections:


By adding "2", the list will be split into two sections. To create more, simply change the number to the one desired. It is recommended that you create no more than three however.

What to include


Citations for books include:

  • Author(s)
  • Title
  • Publisher
  • Year of publication
  • Page number(s)
  • ISBN (Magazines are not subjected to this rule)
  • Translated title (optional)


Citations for websites include:

  • Author(s)
  • Title
  • URL
  • Date of publication (M/D/Y format (ex. July 21, 2013))
  • Page number(s) (this will be used in cases like the Kitayume events)
  • Translated title (optional)
  • Access date (This is the date you placed the link on the article. This is extremely important and a must.)

If the source you're adding is an archived link, be sure to add the following:

  • Archived URL (archiveurl)
  • Archival date (archivedate) (If applicable)


Citations for games include:

  • Developer (Author(s))
  • Title
  • Platform (ex. PC, DS, etc.)
  • Date of publication (M/D/Y format)
  • Language
  • Translated title (optional)

List of acceptable sources

When adding sources to articles, Kitayume and Bamboo Thicket are the primary links that should be used. Sources coming from the published volumes must always be sourced using Cite book and not Cite web. Page numbers and ISBNs follow the Japanese volumes and not the English ones. Deleted content can either come from Internet Web Archive and Megalodon.jp but if links are no longer avaliable Hetalia File Archive and the Bamboo Thicket mirror on LiveJournal can be used instead, as the latter hosts Himaruya's now defunt and short-lived 2008 Yahoo! blog.