ScriptSource

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How to add a source (or reference)

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Thank you for your interest in adding to ScriptSource! We have tried to make the process for adding information to the site as simple as possible. This tutorial demonstrates how to add a reference to a book or other bibliographic resource, such as a journal article or interview. If you wish to reference a web page, please see How to add a link.

You may have reached this page from the How to contribute information tutorial, which instructs you as to how to find the correct form to add a source to the site. If not, the form is easy to locate:

  • Use the search bar or the browsing tools at the top of every page to navigate to the script, character, or language which your source is about.
  • Click the 'Add to ScriptSource' button on the left of the page; this will take you to a list of submission types (text, image, reference etc.).
  • Select 'Reference to a book or bibliographic resource', and then choose the type of resource (book, academic paper, correspondence etc) from the dropdown list.

This will take you to the correct form to submit a source. The forms are slightly different depending on what type of source you are submitting; please choose the appropriate set of directions from the list below.

Please note that on all the forms any fields marked with an asterisk are required, and if they are left blank the system will not allow you to submit the form.

To add a Book or Book Section

If you are adding a reference to a section (for example a particular chapter) of a book, first enter the section title in the 'Section' field to identify it.

If you are adding a whole book, the 'Section' field will be replaced by a 'Title' field; enter the title of the book here.

Then enter a description of the book or book section in the 'Description' field, and the name of the author in the 'Author' field.
If you are adding a book section you will also need to fill in the 'Book' field with the title of the book.

Space is provided to include information such as the publisher, ISBN number etc. This is not compulsory, but bear in mind that it may make it easier for other users to locate the book if they wish to. If the book is available to buy online, or you wish to link to a particularly helpful online book review or similar, copy and paste the URL for the relevant web page into the 'URL' field on the form. Enter some 'Link text' so that the link will display as a short phrase rather than as a URL.

You will then need to associate your source with the pages on which you would like it to appear. See 'Associating your Source' below, for how to do this.

To add a Journal, Newspaper, or Encyclopedia article

In the first field, marked 'Article' or 'Title', enter a short title to identify the source. Typically this will be the title of the article itself. Follow this with a description of the article, the author's name, and the title of the journal, newspaper, or encyclopedia, in the appropriate fields.

Depending on the exact type of source you are submitting, you may need to enter a volume number, issue number, and/or date of publication. Any information you are required to submit will be indicated with a small red asterisk to the left of the field.

There is also space to link to the source, if it is available online. If you wish to do this, copy and paste the URL for the web page where the article is hosted into the 'URL' field on the form. Enter some 'Link text' so that the link will display as a short phrase rather than as a URL.

You will then need to associate your source with the pages on which you would like it to appear. See 'Associating your Source' below, for how to do this.

To add an Academic Paper, Conference Presentation, Correspondence, or an Audio-visual Recording

First you will need to make a selection, for example essay, email, video, presentation, etc. from the 'Type' dropdown. Then enter a title in the 'Title' or 'Subject' field to identify the source. Briefly describe the source in the 'Description' field, and acknowledge the author, artist, or presenter.

If you are submitting an academic paper, you will then need to enter the academic institution or organization with which the paper is affiliated in the 'Institution' field. If you are submitting a conference presentation, you will need to enter both the name and the date of the conference.

There is also space to link to the source, if it is available online. If you wish to do this, copy and paste the URL for the web page where the article is hosted into the 'URL' field on the form. Enter some 'Link text' so that the link will display as a short phrase rather than as a URL.

You will then need to associate your source with the pages on which you would like it to appear. See 'Associating your Source' below, for how to do this.

To add an Interview

First, enter a title which will identify the source to other users, for example the subject of the discussion. Then provide a short description of what the interview is about and how useful it is as a source.

Then name the person being interviewed, and, optionally, the interviewer also, in the 'Person' and 'Interviewer' fields respectively. Enter the date the interview took place in the 'Date' field.

You may wish to link to the source, if it is available online. Do this by copying and pasting the URL for the web page where the article is hosted into the 'URL' field on the form. Enter some 'Link text' so that the link will display as a short phrase rather than as a URL.

You will then need to associate your source with the pages on which you would like it to appear. See 'Associating your Source' below, for how to do this.

Associating your Source

The article then needs to be associated with the pages on which you wish it to appear. Associations are made using the four panels ('Associated Scripts', 'Associated Languages', 'Associated Characters' and 'Associated Topics') at the bottom of the form. Every submission to the site needs to be associated with at least one Script, Language, Character or Topic. By default, the source will be associated with the Script, Character, Language or Topic page you were on when you clicked the 'Add to ScriptSource' button and (with the exception of Topics) displayed in the 'Sources & References' subject area. Topics do not have subject areas. If you wish to change this, associations can be added and deleted using the +/- buttons below each panel.

For further instructions please see Associations Help.

When you have finished, check your submission for errors, then click the 'Save and Preview' or the 'Save and Submit for Approval' button at the bottom of the form. Both of these will give you the option to preview your submission and then submit it for moderation. (The 'Save and Continue Editing' button can be used at any time during the process to save what you have done so far without submitting it to the site moderators.) For details of the moderation and approval process, please see the Editorial Policy.

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