1Lib1Ref 2024

1Lib1Ref stands for “One Librarian, One Reference”. It's a campaign by librarians around the world (and anyone who has a passion for free knowledge!) to add a missing references to articles on Wikipedia.

Key dates

Normally run twice per year, this year Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand are encouraging librarians to participate from Wednesday 15 May to Wednesday 5 June 2024.

1Lib1Ref Events

Join us online to learn how to edit Wikipedia and add your references. We'll also send you a free laptop sticker. Everyone is welcome!

If you are a library that would like to offer a bigger program or other kind of event, please get in touch!

Event Dashboard

Enrol in the Dashboard Add your name to the event dashboard here to have your citation counted.

What pages should I work on?

Anything you like! We have also prepared some suggestions here!

You can also randomly select a citation using the Citation hunt tool.

How to add a reference to Wikipedia

Your goal is to add at least one reference to Wikipedia (or Wikidata if that's more your thing)! Any citation to a reliable source is a benefit to Wikipedia readers worldwide.

Step 1:

If you don't already have one, sign up for a Wikipedia account. We don't recommend you use your real name or the name of your employee/organisation. We also recommend adding an email address so that you can reset your account if you forget your password!

Step 2:

Find a page that needs a citation. We also have some suggestions here.

Step 3:
  • Go to the Wikipedia page you plan to add your reference to. There are some suggestions here.
  • Find and select the Edit Tab. Make sure you are using the Visual Editor (i.e. if there is a lot of code in the window which looks a big scary, find the button with a pen icon (normally in the top right hand corner of the edit box next to the Publish changes button and the editor should switch to allow you to edit the page as it looks on Wikipedia.)
  • Place your curser at the end of the sentence where you want to add your reference.
  • Click the Cite button.
  • Copy and paste the link to your reference (if its a website) or the DOI, ISBN, PMC/PMID, QID, or title (if its a book) and select Generate, then Insert. You should see your citation appear. If it doesn't you will need to add your citation manually, so select the Manual tab in the Cite window.
  • Now select the blue Publish changes and add a brief comment such as 'add ref' in the edit summary box. Then select the blue Publish changes button. Your citation should now have automatically appeared in the Reference section at the bottom of the page!

Struggling? Join on of our drop in sessions above! Otherwise congratulations and thank you for participating!

Get in touch

Contact Wikimedia Australia at:

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