A citation or reference in an article usually has two parts.
In the first part, each section of text that is either based on, or quoted from, an outside source is marked as such with an inline citation.
To do this, enclose the URL and the title in square brackets—the URL first, then a space, then the title.
For example: or you can use the accessdate parameter in the automatic Wikipedia:ref Toolbar 2.0 editing window feature.
However, the citing of sources is not limited to those situations – editors are always encouraged to add or improve citations for any information contained in an article.
Citations are especially desirable for statements about living persons, particularly when the statements are contentious or potentially defamatory.
Due to variations between formats and playback equipment, precision may not be accurate in some cases.
However, many government agencies do not publish minutes and transcripts but do post video of official meetings online; generally the subcontractors who handle audio-visual are quite precise.
This page explains how to place and format both parts of the citation.
Each article should use one citation method or style throughout.