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This template is for use when citing electronic books that do not have consistent page numbers from user to user. It is based on the Wikipedia Cite Book template, and initially taken with permission from the Forgotten Realms Wiki. It has many sub-templates which can be used to easily cite certain existing ebooks. If no sub-template exists for the book that you wish to cite, you can still use this template manually. This template functions almost identically to Template:Cite book, except it refers to chapter number instead of page number.


Below are examples and instructions for using this template.

When a sub-template exists

If there is already a sub-template for the ebook you want to cite, it will be under this template, separated by a forward slash character. For example, the sub-template for the Starfinder Tales web fiction story Certainty is accessed using:

{{Cite ebook/Certainty}}

Note the capitalization of the words in the template name. Putting this template on the page will automatically include all the citation details you need for this ebook. You can also cite certain chapters from an ebook as follows:

{{Cite ebook/Certainty|3}}
{{Cite ebook/Certainty|3–4}}

Use the first where you only want to cite a single chapter. Use the second where you need to cite several chapters at once. If you wish to cite an entire story without distinguishing chapters, you may simply drop the pipe and all following information from the template callout.

When no sub-template exists

The best option here is to create the sub-template. Just copy an existing sub-template, such as Template:Cite ebook/Certainty and change the details. A great place to gain the details for any ebook is on the Paizo Publishing site, where you can usually just search for the book's title. All the fields in the template (see below) should be self-explanatory, however please:

  • list all of the authors for co-authored ebooks under 'author';
  • use the year of publication of the first ever instance of the ebook for 'year', regardless of the format.

If you cannot create the sub-template for any reason, or it would not be worthwhile (usually because your book is unlikely to be cited again), you can use this template directly as follows:

{{Cite ebook
| author    = 
| title     = 
| year      = 
| publisher = 
| ISBN      = 
| chapter   =

The 'chapter', 'year' and 'ISBN' parameters are optional. All other parameters are required and cannot be left out. You can include wiki links in the 'author', 'title', and 'publisher' parameters where appropriate.

When citing a source multiple times

Put the actual reference where you want the [1] to appear on the page, like this (in this example I'm citing chapter 3):

<ref>{{Cite ebook/Certainty|3}}</ref>

Then, if you want to cite chapter 4 later in the article, again, put this where you want the [2] to appear (note the different chapter):

<ref>{{Cite ebook/Certainty|4}}</ref>

Then finally, at the end of the article, create a refernces section that will automatically generate your references, like this:

== References ==

If you want to use the same citation in different places in the same article, you'll need to give it a name the first time you use it, like this:

<ref name="Certainty3">{{Cite ebook/Certainty|3}}</ref>

Then, every time you want to use it again in the same article (you can use it again as many times as you like) you would put this:

<ref name="Certainty3" />

eBooks appearing in other formats

Most eBooks published by Paizo Publishing have been compiled from serialized fiction that first appeared in other places. The wiki's standard usage of citation templates is thus:

  • When referencing material within a short story that appeared first on as Starfinder Tales web fiction, cite the eBook in place of the website using this template.
  • When referencing material from a chapter of a Starfinder's Journal novella that appeared first in print in a volume of Starfinder Adventure Path and later as a compiled eBook, refer to the eBook, as this is the most complete version of the story being referenced. In some cases, sidebars or other elements present relevant information in the Adventure Path volumes only. In these cases, you may refer to the printed book when referencing this material only, as it may not be included in the eBook for licensing reasons.

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