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See also the Cite extension, which is unrelated to this, but used to live in the same repo as CiteThisPage.
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Release status: stable

Implementation Special page
Description Adds a special page that provides different citation formats for a particular article
Author(s) Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmasontalk
Latest version continuous updates
MediaWiki 1.24+
PHP 5.3+
Database changes No
License GNU General Public License 2.0 or later
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The CiteThisPage extension, previously known as SpecialCite.php, is an extension that creates a special page (Special:CiteThisPage) and toolbox link to it for pages in the main namespace. Given an article name, this extension generates citations to it in a variety of styles.

Installation[edit | edit source]

This extension is bundled with MediaWiki 1.25 and above. Thus you do not have to download it again.
  • Download and place the file(s) in a directory called CiteThisPage in your extensions/ folder.
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php:
wfLoadExtension( 'CiteThisPage' );
  • YesY Done - Navigate to Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the extension is successfully installed.

To users running MediaWiki 1.24 or earlier:

The instructions above describe the new way of installing extensions using wfLoadExtension(), since MediaWiki 1.25. If you need to install this extension in earlier versions, instead of wfLoadExtension( 'CiteThisPage' );, you need to use:

require_once "$IP/extensions/CiteThisPage/CiteThisPage.php";

(To run an extension on an earlier release, you may need to download the version of it tagged for that release from Special:ExtensionDistributor.)

Configuration[edit | edit source]

Example[edit | edit source]

English Wikipedia:

en:Special:CiteThisPage/Train provides citation info about the article en:Train, in the format specified by the local English MediaWiki file en:MediaWiki:Citethispage-content

Each normal page (current version only) has a sidebar link to that special page, in addition to the link "permanent link".

The citing style it uses is customizable from the MediaWiki namespace (MediaWiki:Citethispage-content), for instance:

 {{SITENAME}}, {{int:sitesubtitle}}. Retrieved <citation>{{CURRENTTIME}}, {{CURRENTDAY}} {{CURRENTMONTHNAME}}
 {{CURRENTYEAR}}</citation> from {{fullurl:{{FULLPAGENAME}}|oldid={{REVISIONID}}}}

Might produce:

Main Page (last modified 02:47, 26 November 2005 UTC). Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 21:14, 26 November 2005 from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Main_Page&oldid=10403

Variables[edit | edit source]

The parser variables e.g. {{CURRENTTIME}}, {{CURRENTMONTH}} etc. will display the time of the last edit to the requested page, to get the current time use <citation>, e.g. <citation>{{CURRENTTIME}}</citation>.