Citing text from the Wiki

David Pilling
Sat, 29 Nov 2014 09:54:27 PST

On 29/11/2014 16:08, T O wrote:
> How could I cite a page from the Wiki?
> Would the author be "Pacific Bulb Society" for a cited Wiki page on any specific genus? And how can I find the date?
> Here's the example citation I found:
> Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date of publication). Title of article.Title of Online Periodical, volume number(issue number if available). Retrieved from

Depends... some wiki pages have text attributed to specific people, you 
can find when that text was added from the history display (there's a 
button to click to see this, you have to know the password to access it).

Other pages are the work of many people and text may come from sources 
unknown. In those cases I'd suggest attributing to the "PBS wiki" with 
no author. The date could be when you read it, thinking that is when the 
text existed. Unlike traditional journals wiki pages can change as new 
information becomes available.

Possibly this problem has already been solved for wikipedia.

If you wanted a URL to a wiki page as it existed at a given time, then I 
suspect they end up in the web archive (

David Pilling
North West England

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