Help:Referencing and Canon

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Our intention is to provide reliable information about the world of A Song of Ice and Fire. To this end, the information in articles should provide an accurate description of the background, events, characters, etc. The information should also be objective, using facts that can be verified independently by other readers. Referencing the information allows editors to provide sources for statements in articles based on a reliable source.

Canon

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I believe this is only the first draft, see discussion, --Mor 04:11, 26 October 2011 (UTC).

Canon is a term used to denote officially accepted material within fictional work, for the purpose of creating an authentic and consistent corpus; i.e. characters, locations, events and settings details that are considered to be genuine (or "official"). The following policy outlines what is considered part of the canon and what is not on this wiki.

The canon is broken down into two levels: Canon and Semi-canon. Together, these two levels form the overall A Song of Ice and Fire continuity. Each ascending level overrides the lower ones; for example, in the television series Mago is killed, but he still lives in the novels. Therefore, he is considered officially alive in the overall story.

  • Canon: Primary canon, consisting of works written by or with primary involvement of George R.R. Martin, such as A Song of Ice and Fire, the Dunk and Egg novellas, and The World of Ice and Fire, but excluding his TV show scripts which are written to the TV show canon as established by the showrunners, and writings expressly placed outside of canon such as his Cage Match 2010 write-ups.
  • Semi-Canon: Secondary canon, consisting of information verified as having been given by George R.R. Martin outside of the published works. This includes information given to officially licensed third parties, such as the television show and roleplaying games, and information given through correspondence with fans, readings and signings, statements in interviews, samples or excerpts from unpublished manuscripts, etc. Please note the "verified" qualifier -- origin with Martin must be an established fact, not simply assumed, and must clearly refer to his series as opposed to the canon of any derivative works. If two pieces of secondary canon appear to contradict each other, it should generally be assumed that the most recently given information is correct.

The key point in determining canon is that it must be from George R.R. Martin. Any content that cannot be determined as having originated with or been expressly regarded as canon by Martin cannot in itself be considered canon.

References

Being able to provide verifiable source references increase the reliability of your wiki and allow others to check and extend your work. To add a reference in the simplest way, place your source/explanation between the <ref>...</ref> tags, at the appropriate place in the article text, for example:

<ref>[http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Month/2008/07/ Spanish Q&A] - July 2008</ref>
<ref>[[A Game of Thrones]], [[A Game of Thrones-Chapter 9|Chapter 9]], Tyrion</ref>

This would appear on the page as follows: [1] and [2]. The references appear as links that link to a detailed explanation further down the page.


For sources from the novels, you can use the Ref Template, for example:

{{Ref|aGoT|9}}[3]

Which results in the same reference.


To make the list of references appear on the page, as you can see below, add the {{References}} tag to the page, for example:

==References and Notes==
{{References}}

This only needed to be done once, by the first editor to add references. For further infomariton on this template see its documentation page


References and Notes