Eva van Emden (she/her), freelance editor

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October 24, 2011

How to cite a Wikipedia page


To cite a Wikipedia page, look for “Tools” on the left side of the page and click on “Cite this page.” You will get a list of citations in different citation formats. The article author is given as “Wikipedia contributors.” Example: citing their “Cat” entry.

Copyright and reproducing Wikipedia content

A quick note about reproducing Wikipedia content: Wikipedia content is under copyright, but most of it is licensed under terms that allow at least some reuse. The terms usually allow you to reproduce the text unchanged if you credit the authors, but make sure you check the terms of use for the specific page you’re interested in. You may also have the right to change the text, although you may or may not be required to allow your changed version to be reproduced in turn.


  1. how about citing the wikipedia in chicago 16th edition, is it the same as chicago system?

  2. Good question. I don’t know and I don’t know how to check either. I put out a question on the Wikipedia user forum about it.