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Citing sources is crucial to Muppet Wiki. As this database has developed, we've found it ever needful to be sure of our information, and the best way to do that is to clearly identify the sources quotes, background information, and other items which are not located within a production's credits or dialogue. As the many Muppet rumors prove, what's accepted as "common knowledge" is not always fact. Citing specific episodes, books, and newspaper articles supplies a system of checks and balances, and allows for a better Wiki.

When information involves uncertainty, such as educated guesses, vague memory, or identifying a performer's voice, or contradictory information exists on separate articles, the best way to address the situation is by raising a question on the talk page (See How to use Talk pages for more info). If a direct source is found, or sufficient consensus reached as to the accuracy of the guess, the information is incorporated. No Wiki is perfect, of course, and corrections can be made if later *reliable* sources surface to contradict such claims.

What Should Be Sourced

Everything, really. Particular concerns, however, lie with changes to dates or performer info. Unless one has a direct source to back up the change (such as screen credits or interviews), it's recommended that a talk page discussion be raised first. In cases where no consensus can be reached, either Category:Unknown Performer or a {{performer-unknown}} tag will be used.

Sources

Sources should be cited using at least a rough variant of commonly accepted academic style, with the author's last name first, book and magazine titles italicized and article/story titles in quotes, dates, and when possible, publishing houses and page numbers. If a source book already has its own page on the Wiki, such as Jim Henson: The Works, citing author and title is generally sufficient

To cite a specific source for a statement or quote, the following format is used: <ref>Doe, John. "Muppet Article." ''The Whatever Times''</ref>..

The heading used for these sections is "Sources", in contrast to Wikipedia's "References," since on Muppet Wiki, references is used to cover allusions within productions to other people, places, and things.

Cite Tag

When sources are needed for an item, the following tag is used: {{cite}} This generally applies to information which is probably correct, but a precise quotation and citation from the source (such as DVD audio commentaries or booklets) is needed. In other cases, the information has been taken from other websites or databases, such as IMDb, or from anonymous/questionable contributors. The latter situations may require access to arcane, non-Muppet materials/productions, or viewing of programs only available through the Museum of Television and Radio. The "cite" tag serves as a reminder and an acknowledgment of the situation, and should be removed as soon as the item can be either sourced, corrected, or disproven. In cases where an item is provably wrong,

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