Sources
It's our strict policy to limit information on LittleSis to facts that can be supported by journalistic, academic, or government documents. Inaccurate, firsthand, anecdotal, or editorial content will be removed by the site staff or by other users. All data entered into LittleSis, by a user or by a bot, must include a reference.

On all data pages you'll see a Source Links section. This is a bibliographic pointer to the resources that document raw information on the site.

Referencing Data with a New Source
Referencing Data with an Existing Source
Adding a New Source Link
Editing a Source
What are appropriate sources for the information I add to LittleSis?
Can I enter a book or journal as a source?
Do I have to reference a source if I’m only fixing a typo?


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Referencing Data with a New Source
Every Edit screen requires analysts to enter a reference source to show where their information is coming from. Read more about appropriate sources.
  1. Click Or enter a new source.
  2. Copy the URL of the specific page where the information was found--not just a general website.
  3. Paste in the Source URL box.
  4. Enter a Display name that’s detailed enough to allow others to identify your source.
  5. You can also click More to add optional details about your source.
  6. Continue entering your new information.
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Referencing Data with an Existing Source
Every Edit screen requires analysts to enter a reference source to show where their information is coming from. Read more about appropriate sources.
  1. Select the source you want to reference (by name, not URL) from the Existing source drop-down menu.
    Finger Be sure that the new info is coming from the same page as the existing source, not just the same website. If it’s from a different page, add a new source instead.
  2. Continue entering your new information.
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Do I have to reference a source if I’m only fixing a typo?

No. Check the Just cleaning up box on the Edit screen and continue fixing the typo.

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Adding a New Source Link
If you want to add an interesting article or website to an entity--not as a reference for new data-- you can add a new source link.
  1. Go to the profile, relationship or list to which you want to add a new source.
  2. Click Add in the Source Links section.
  3. Copy the URL of the web page you want to include as a source.
  4. Paste in the Source URL box.
  5. Enter a Display name that’s detailed enough to allow others to identify your source.
  6. You can also click More to add optional details about your source
  7. Click Add to finish.
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Editing a Source
Keep in mind that sources mainly exist to support data on LittleSis. Never edit any source in a way that will compromise its ability to do that!
  1. On the page where you want to edit a source, click Edit next to Source Links.
  2. Click Edit again next to the specific source you want to change.
  3. After making changes, click Save to finish.
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What are appropriate sources for the information I add to LittleSis?

When you’re referencing data to a particular source, use original sources only. Wikipedia and similar websites, like Little Sis, aggregate and organize information and asks users to reference the data they enter with original sources (on LittleSis references are required!) You can think of any interesting info you find on these sites as “leads" that you simply need to back-up with an original source before adding it to LittleSis. Usually the references sections of Wikipedia articles can help you follow your leads or a simple Google search.

You can also add an interesting Wikipedia page to a profile’s Source Links as a general reference, which is different from using it as a source to support new data you add.

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Can I enter a book or journal as a source?

Currently only web URLs are valid sources. We hope to eventually allow print publications, audio, or other media as well.