Why no "references" module?

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  1. Vic Dillinger profile image60
    Vic Dillingerposted 3 years ago

    How is it that you people don't have a specific, formatted module (short of adding another "text" module) to include your sources/bibliography?

    And don't gimme any crud about how everything here is SOOOOOO original it can't be sourced  . . .it isn't; while I was born at night, it wasn't LAST night!)  There is nothing new under the Sun (unless you invented it yourself, as I did in my most recent piece, and even THAT is a variant on a centuries' old idea).

    Credibility comes from listing references so others can do further reading and confirm research if they so desire.  It shows the legwork was done.  This is a bonus; such a module NEEDS to be added.

    I can guarantee all the plagiarists, scrapers, and spinners out there would fight this suggestion, but those are the sort of people that need to be smacked around anyway and don't deserve a platform upon which to "write" (since plagiarists, scrapers, and spinners don't write to begin with, they merely copy and change a thing or two)..

    If there exists some means of adding sources (short of putting in another text module at the foot of the piece), I'd like to know about it, because I don't see one.

    Otherwise, I'm kinda liking this site so far.

    1. Writer Fox profile image46
      Writer Foxposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      There are two ways you can do this.  One is to add a 'Links' module.  Try this on an unpublished Hub and see if you like that. You can see how that looks on the bottom of this Hub, under 'Resources': http://brakel2.hubpages.com/hub/Imagina … or-Parents
      Many Hubbers also use that module to link to their own related Hubs.

      The other way to do it is with a list like at the bottom of this Hub under 'References": http://hubpages.com/hub/Our-Thanksgivin … d-Campaign

      Those are Hubs written by other people.  What I do is just give an anchor text link within my content that links out to a source.  For SEO, Google prefers the anchor text links and linking out to quality, related webpages will boost your Hub's ranking on Google. To link to a list of my other related Hubs, I list them in text capsules at the bottom of a Hub and include the intro picture and a description of each Hub.

      Welcome to HubPages. Looks like you just need one more Hub to graduate from Boot Camp.

    2. Say Yes To Life profile image80
      Say Yes To Lifeposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      If I have only a few references, I simply tack them onto the end of my hub.  If I have several, I make an additional text capsule and list them there, under the title "References".  When I uploaded my ebook on a separate HubPages site under my pen name Ana Kolomeka, I listed my references in a separate hub.  I don't see why HubPages needs to make a capsule specially for references.

    3. Christy Kirwan profile image96
      Christy Kirwanposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Vic, and welcome to HubPages! We agree that citing sources is an important part of writing a trustworthy, reliable article, and we encourage Hubbers to do so where appropriate.

      As others have mentioned, a Text Capsule can work well for citing print sources, while a Link Capsule is a great way to handle online sources. smile

      Links that are intended solely to promote an outside source (like your own external business or website) are not allowed, but as WriterFox kindly mentions, you are otherwise permitted 2 links or less to any single domain. There are a few exceptions for reference sites like Wikipedia where you can link as many times as you like. Best of luck!

      1. Vic Dillinger profile image60
        Vic Dillingerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        That was kinda what I was getting from others' responses, so I'm good now, so thanks for that extra help on that issue.

  2. Vic Dillinger profile image60
    Vic Dillingerposted 3 years ago

    Listing websites, for example, in sources--wouldn't those count as "no-follow" non-contextual links here (since we're ostensibly allowed 2 affiliate/off-site links? If not, I'll gladly start throwing on an extra text mod to include sources. Thanks for the response.

    1. Writer Fox profile image46
      Writer Foxposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      The rule here is that you are only allowed two links to the SAME source, unless it's a site like Wikipedia and you may link to that as many times as you want to.  You may also link to as many Hubs as you want, so long as they are actually relevant to the Hub you are linking from.

      So, you could have two links to xyz.com, two links to abc.com, two links to def.com, etc., all on the same Hub. 

      If these are legitimate references, the links should be followed.  Only affiliate links should be "NoFollow."

      There is more on linking on HP here:
      http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/publ … d_22733035

      My latest Hub has 92 contextual links to sources and has nine Amazon products.

  3. Vic Dillinger profile image60
    Vic Dillingerposted 3 years ago

    That really helps clarify the issue--i was very woiried about including web sources in a separate references text module (solely set up for that purpose) and getting hamnered for too many outer-directed links. I did search for that info about including references before posting this and could find no conclusive answer, so your response is very helpful. Thanks!

    1. Writer Fox profile image46
      Writer Foxposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I added a line at the end of my post above.  Check that out, too.

  4. Vic Dillinger profile image60
    Vic Dillingerposted 3 years ago

    I see. Again, thanks.


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