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It is not immediately obvious how you do this, but it is actually quite simple. But note that you need to be logged in as a "DF Member" to be allowed to edit the Wiki.
The sequence is:
1. You make a reference to the new page you want, but which doesn't exist yet, by editing an existing page and inserting a link to the new page.
2. Save the change to the existing page. The link you just created is shown in a different colour (brighter red) because the Wiki cannot find the link's target file.
3. Click this new link.
4. You will see a page:
This topic does not exist yet
You've followed a link to a topic that doesn't exist yet. If permissions allow, you may create it by using the Create this page button.
5. So click the "CREATE THIS PAGE" link (which is in the control panel on the left-hand side of the window, below the Index and Search panels). You will get a blank edit box into which you can type (or paste) the text of the new page.
6. Click [Save] when you have finished entering the text and your new page will be created.
The item you are most likely to want to create is a new reference.
I have organised references in the "refs" namespace divided up alphabetically by the initial letter of the first author's name. So, say I had a new reference "Ball & Blöggs (2010)" to add.
I want this stored in the "refs:b" namespace, and the file will be called "ball_bloggs_2010". I get to this because:
- file names should be all lower case
- they should not contain special characters. I have removed "&", "(", and ")" and replaced spaces by "_".
- they should not contain accented characters, so I have replaced "ö" by "o"
So the link I need to add to an existing page, at the point where I want to cite this reference, will look like:
[[refs:b:ball_bloggs_2010|Ball & Blöggs (2010)]]
This link will be displayed as Ball & Blöggs (2010) and the Wiki page that will be created when I click on it will be "refs:b:ball_bloggs_2010".
Actually, I could just type the link like this:
[[Ball & Blöggs (2010)]]
and the Wiki would sort out all the file naming stuff automatically.
The problem with this approach is that the new page for the reference would then be stored in the namespace of the page from which it was created. If we do it like that, then we will end up with references scattered all over the place and they will become difficult to find. It therefore seems better to specify the namespace for the new file explicitly and hence keep things organised! That way there is more chance of spotting that the reference already exists next time I want to cite it.
Another way of dealing with references is to put them in footnotes. See the Wiki page for the BAP species Salticella fasciata for an example.
To put a reference in as a footnote, you just type the whole text of the reference in at the point you want to cite it, enclosed in double paranthesis:
((Coupland JB, Espiau, A, Baker GH. 1994. Seasonality, longevity, host choice, and infection efficiency of //Salticella fasciata// (Diptera: Sciomyzidae), a candidate for the biological control of pest helicid snails. //Biological Control//. **4**: 32-37.))
Note that you can include other formatting tags in the text of the footnote, so "//Salticella fasciata//" indicates to the Wiki that the species name should be shown in italics and "**4**" that the volume number should be emboldened.
The problem with this approach is that you cannot reuse the reference elsewhere. So, if the reference is likely to be cited in several places, or you want to include additional information about it - like a description, abstract or comment - then it is better to create a separate page for the reference.