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This guideline explains how references on the wiki work and lists a number of commonly used references.

Referencing is used because it helps look up facts in case of conflict, as well as tells how reliable the information is.

Referencing is required for:

  • Trivia
  • Timeline events (special referencing rules apply; see below)
  • Appearance and descriptions.
  • Stated facts

Referencing is not required for:

  • Chronology (unless the mentioned events were told in a different arc/story than the heading implies)
  • Personality (unless there are no specific examples mentioned)

Reference typesEdit

Unnamed referencesEdit

<ref>Insert reference here</ref>

These references are mostly useful for one-use only references (usually very specific references that can only be used for referencing a single thing). Any references used more than once per article should be named. Technically, all references should be named, but references that are obviously not going to be used on the same page anymore, may be referenced like this if you are too lazy to name it.

Named referencesEdit

<ref name = "Insert name here">Insert reference here</ref>

A more common method of coding references, as it allows using repeated references.

Repeated referencesEdit

<ref name = "Insert name of previous reference here"/>

Whenever a reference is already used at least once on the page, all you have to do is to repeat the reference name (do not forget the / is used to close the reference) and the wiki will just repeat the reference description itself.

NotesEdit

  • If spaces are used in the reference name, the reference name MUST be surrounded by quotation (") marks. If no spaces are used, adding quotation marks is recommended, but is not mandatory, as the reference will still work.
  • If a reference is posted after a full stop/period (.), it applies to the whole sentence. If it is posted before it, it applies to a portion of the sentence (up to the previous reference or sentence beginning).

Reference priorityEdit

In case of conflict, the following priority list determines which information is deemed canon. The lower priority source's version may be mentioned in trivia or adaptation notes, depending on the context.

Light novel (highest priority) > Anime > Manga > Other sources (lowest priority)

Timeline referencingEdit

Special rules apply for timeline referencing:

  • References are used to reference the time and date, not the event. A reference may be taken from a completely different story than the one that the event takes place in, as long as the new story gives information about the date and/or time of the event.
  • If a reference only references the date when the time is stated or if it only references the time, a NoteTag must be added next to it to signify this.
  • The anime is only to be referenced as a last resort. It is known that the anime has made at least several mistakes regarding the date of events.
  • For references that cannot be referenced by source (e.g. when the reference has to explain how a certain date was calculated from less specific details, like Underworld events), the date is used as the reference name (e.g. 100HWC; 23F23 (2023 February 23)).
  • For dates that are specifically mentioned, referencing just the publication and as specific location as possible is enough. For dates that are derived from calculations based on hints (e.g. 2 months before event x) should have an explanation in the reference, as well as the source (e.g. 2 months after Sword Art Online was cleared, according to V4C7).

Common referencesEdit

Light NovelEdit

Light novel references follow a standard format of VxCyPz, where "x" is the number of the volume, "y" is the number of the chapter and "z" is the number of the part (for side stories, Alicization and Progressive). For named chapters or side story names, the "Cy" is replaced with the abbreviation for the chapter name. For Progressive, a P is added before V.

Volume 1Edit

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<ref name = V1C1>[[Volume 1#Chapter 1|Volume 1, Chapter 1]]</ref>
<ref name = V1C2>[[Volume 1#Chapter 2|Volume 1, Chapter 2]]</ref>
<ref name = V1C3>[[Volume 1#Chapter 3|Volume 1, Chapter 3]]</ref>
<ref name = V1C4>[[Volume 1#Chapter 4|Volume 1, Chapter 4]]</ref>
<ref name = V1C5>[[Volume 1#Chapter 5|Volume 1, Chapter 5]]</ref>
<ref name = V1C6>[[Volume 1#Chapter 6|Volume 1, Chapter 6]]</ref>
<ref name = V1C7>[[Volume 1#Chapter 7|Volume 1, Chapter 7]]</ref>
<ref name = V1C8>[[Volume 1#Chapter 8|Volume 1, Chapter 8]]</ref>
<ref name = V1C9>[[Volume 1#Chapter 9|Volume 1, Chapter 9]]</ref>

Volume 2Edit

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<ref name = V2C1>[[Volume 2#Chapter 1|Volume 2, Chapter 1]]</ref>
<ref name = V2C2>[[Volume 2#Chapter 2|Volume 2, Chapter 2]]</ref>
<ref name = V2C3>[[Volume 2#Chapter 3|Volume 2, Chapter 3]]</ref>
<ref name = V2C4>[[Volume 2#Chapter 4|Volume 2, Chapter 4]]</ref>
<ref name = V2C5>[[Volume 2#Chapter 5|Volume 2, Chapter 5]]</ref>
<ref name = V2C6>[[Volume 2#Chapter 6|Volume 2, Chapter 6]]</ref>
<ref name = V2C7>[[Volume 2#Chapter 7|Volume 2, Chapter 7]]</ref>
<ref name = V2C8>[[Volume 2#Chapter 8|Volume 2, Chapter 8]]</ref>
<ref name = V2C9>[[Volume 2#Chapter 9|Volume 2, Chapter 9]]</ref>

Volume 3Edit

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<ref name = V6p>[[Volume 3#Prologue|Volume 3, Prologue]]</ref>
<ref name = V3C1>[[Volume 3#Chapter 1|Volume 3, Chapter 1]]</ref>
<ref name = V3C2>[[Volume 3#Chapter 2|Volume 3, Chapter 2]]</ref>
<ref name = V3C3>[[Volume 3#Chapter 3|Volume 3, Chapter 3]]</ref>
<ref name = V3C4>[[Volume 3#Chapter 4|Volume 3, Chapter 4]]</ref>
<ref name = V3C5>[[Volume 3#Chapter 5|Volume 3, Chapter 5]]</ref>
<ref name = V3C6>[[Volume 3#Chapter 6|Volume 3, Chapter 6]]</ref>
<ref name = V3C7>[[Volume 3#Chapter 7|Volume 3, Chapter 7]]</ref>
<ref name = V3C8>[[Volume 3#Chapter 8|Volume 3, Chapter 8]]</ref>
<ref name = V3C9>[[Volume 3#Chapter 9|Volume 3, Chapter 9]]</ref>
<ref name = V3C10>[[Volume 3#Chapter 10|Volume 3, Chapter 10]]</ref>
<ref name = V3C11>[[Volume 3#Chapter 11|Volume 3, Chapter 11]]</ref>
<ref name = V3C12>[[Volume 3#Chapter 12|Volume 3, Chapter 12]]</ref>
<ref name = V3C12>[[Volume 3#Chapter 13|Volume 3, Chapter 13]]</ref>

Volume 4Edit

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<ref name = V4C1>[[Volume 4#Chapter 1|Volume 4, Chapter 1]]</ref>
<ref name = V4C2>[[Volume 4#Chapter 2|Volume 4, Chapter 2]]</ref>
<ref name = V4C3>[[Volume 4#Chapter 3|Volume 4, Chapter 3]]</ref>
<ref name = V4C4>[[Volume 4#Chapter 4|Volume 4, Chapter 4]]</ref>
<ref name = V4C5>[[Volume 4#Chapter 5|Volume 4, Chapter 5]]</ref>
<ref name = V4C6>[[Volume 4#Chapter 6|Volume 4, Chapter 6]]</ref>
<ref name = V4C7>[[Volume 4#Chapter 7|Volume 4, Chapter 7]]</ref>
<ref name = V4C8>[[Volume 4#Chapter 8|Volume 4, Chapter 8]]</ref>
<ref name = V4C9>[[Volume 4#Chapter 9|Volume 4, Chapter 9]]</ref>
<ref name = V4C10>[[Volume 4#Chapter 10|Volume 4, Chapter 10]]</ref>
<ref name = V4C11>[[Volume 4#Chapter 11|Volume 4, Chapter 11]]</ref>
<ref name = V4C12>[[Volume 4#Chapter 12|Volume 4, Chapter 12]]</ref>

Volume 5Edit

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<ref name = V5C1>[[Volume 5#Chapter 1|Volume 5, Chapter 1]]</ref>
<ref name = V5C2>[[Volume 5#Chapter 2|Volume 5, Chapter 2]]</ref>
<ref name = V5C3>[[Volume 5#Chapter 3|Volume 5, Chapter 3]]</ref>
<ref name = V5C4>[[Volume 5#Chapter 4|Volume 5, Chapter 4]]</ref>
<ref name = V5C5>[[Volume 5#Chapter 5|Volume 5, Chapter 5]]</ref>
<ref name = V5C6>[[Volume 5#Chapter 6|Volume 5, Chapter 6]]</ref>
<ref name = V5C7>[[Volume 5#Chapter 7|Volume 5, Chapter 7]]</ref>
<ref name = V5C8>[[Volume 5#Chapter 8|Volume 5, Chapter 8]]</ref>
<ref name = V5C9>[[Volume 5#Chapter 9|Volume 5, Chapter 9]]</ref>
<ref name = V5C10>[[Volume 5#Chapter 10|Volume 5, Chapter 10]]</ref>
<ref name = V5C11>[[Volume 5#Chapter 11|Volume 5, Chapter 11]]</ref>

Volume 6Edit

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<ref name = V6p>[[Volume 6#Prologue|Volume 6, Prologue]]</ref>
<ref name = V6C1>[[Volume 6#Chapter 1|Volume 6, Chapter 1]]</ref>
<ref name = V6C2>[[Volume 6#Chapter 2|Volume 6, Chapter 2]]</ref>
<ref name = V6C3>[[Volume 6#Chapter 3|Volume 6, Chapter 3]]</ref>
<ref name = V6C4>[[Volume 6#Chapter 4|Volume 6, Chapter 4]]</ref>
<ref name = V6C5>[[Volume 6#Chapter 5|Volume 6, Chapter 5]]</ref>
<ref name = V6C6>[[Volume 6#Chapter 6|Volume 6, Chapter 6]]</ref>
<ref name = V6C7>[[Volume 6#Chapter 7|Volume 6, Chapter 7]]</ref>
<ref name = V6C8>[[Volume 6#Chapter 8|Volume 6, Chapter 8]]</ref>
<ref name = V6C9>[[Volume 6#Chapter 9|Volume 6, Chapter 9]]</ref>
<ref name = V6C10>[[Volume 6#Chapter 10|Volume 6, Chapter 10]]</ref>
<ref name = V6C11>[[Volume 6#Chapter 11|Volume 6, Chapter 11]]</ref>
<ref name = V6C12>[[Volume 6#Chapter 12|Volume 6, Chapter 12]]</ref>

Volume 7Edit

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<ref name = V7C1>[[Volume 7#Chapter 1|Volume 7, Chapter 1]]</ref>
<ref name = V7C2>[[Volume 7#Chapter 2|Volume 7, Chapter 2]]</ref>
<ref name = V7C3>[[Volume 7#Chapter 3|Volume 7, Chapter 3]]</ref>
<ref name = V7C4>[[Volume 7#Chapter 4|Volume 7, Chapter 4]]</ref>
<ref name = V7C5>[[Volume 7#Chapter 5|Volume 7, Chapter 5]]</ref>
<ref name = V7C6>[[Volume 7#Chapter 6|Volume 7, Chapter 6]]</ref>
<ref name = V7C7>[[Volume 7#Chapter 7|Volume 7, Chapter 7]]</ref>
<ref name = V7C8>[[Volume 7#Chapter 8|Volume 7, Chapter 8]]</ref>
<ref name = V7C9>[[Volume 7#Chapter 9|Volume 7, Chapter 9]]</ref>
<ref name = V7C10>[[Volume 7#Chapter 10|Volume 7, Chapter 10]]</ref>

Volume 8Edit

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<ref name = V8C1>[[Volume 8#Chapter 1|Volume 8, Chapter 1]]</ref>
<ref name = V8C2>[[Volume 8#Chapter 2|Volume 8, Chapter 2]]</ref>
<ref name = V8C3>[[Volume 8#Chapter 3|Volume 8, Chapter 3]]</ref>
<ref name = V8C4>[[Volume 8#Chapter 4|Volume 8, Chapter 4]]</ref>
<ref name = V8C5>[[Volume 8#Chapter 5|Volume 8, Chapter 5]]</ref>
<ref name = V8C6>[[Volume 8#Chapter 6|Volume 8, Chapter 6]]</ref>
<ref name = V8C7>[[Volume 8#Chapter 7|Volume 8, Chapter 7]]</ref>
<ref name = V8C8>[[Volume 8#Chapter 8|Volume 8, Chapter 8]]</ref>
<ref name = V8C9>[[Volume 8#Chapter 9|Volume 8, Chapter 9]]</ref>
<ref name = V8C10>[[Volume 8#Chapter 10|Volume 8, Chapter 10]]</ref>
<ref name = V8C11>[[Volume 8#Chapter 11|Volume 8, Chapter 11]]</ref>

Volume 9Edit

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<ref name = V9C1>[[Volume 9#Chapter 1|Volume 6, Chapter 1]]</ref>
<ref name = V9C2>[[Volume 9#Chapter 2|Volume 6, Chapter 2]]</ref>
<ref name = V9C3>[[Volume 9#Chapter 3|Volume 6, Chapter 3]]</ref>
<ref name = V9C4>[[Volume 9#Chapter 4|Volume 6, Chapter 4]]</ref>
<ref name = V9C5>[[Volume 9#Chapter 5|Volume 6, Chapter 5]]</ref>
<ref name = V9C6>[[Volume 9#Chapter 6|Volume 6, Chapter 6]]</ref>
<ref name = V9C7>[[Volume 9#Chapter 7|Volume 6, Chapter 7]]</ref>
<ref name = V9C8>[[Volume 9#Chapter 8|Volume 6, Chapter 8]]</ref>
<ref name = V9C9>[[Volume 9#Chapter 9|Volume 6, Chapter 9]]</ref>
<ref name = V9C10>[[Volume 9#Chapter 10|Volume 6, Chapter 10]]</ref>
<ref name = V9C11>[[Volume 9#Chapter 11|Volume 6, Chapter 11]]</ref>
<ref name = V9C12>[[Volume 9#Chapter 12|Volume 6, Chapter 12]]</ref>

Volume 10Edit

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<ref name = V10SWFDDP1>[[Volume 10#Sound of Water from a Distant Day#Part 1|Volume 11, Sound of Water from a Distant Day, Part 1]]</ref>
<ref name = V10SWFDDP2>[[Volume 10#Sound of Water from a Distant Day#Part 2|Volume 11, Sound of Water from a Distant Day, Part 2]]</ref>
<ref name = V10SWFDDP3>[[Volume 10#Sound of Water from a Distant Day#Part 3|Volume 11, Sound of Water from a Distant Day, Part 3]]</ref>
<ref name = V10SWFDDP4>[[Volume 10#Sound of Water from a Distant Day#Part 4|Volume 11, Sound of Water from a Distant Day, Part 4]]</ref>
<ref name = V10SWFDDP5>[[Volume 10#Sound of Water from a Distant Day#Part 5|Volume 11, Sound of Water from a Distant Day, Part 5]]</ref>
<ref name = V10SWFDDP6>[[Volume 10#Sound of Water from a Distant Day#Part 6|Volume 11, Sound of Water from a Distant Day, Part 6]]</ref>
<ref name = V10SWFDDP7>[[Volume 10#Sound of Water from a Distant Day#Part 7|Volume 11, Sound of Water from a Distant Day, Part 7]]</ref>
<ref name = V10TDSWP1>[[Volume 10#The Distant Sound of Waves#Part 1|Volume 10, The Distant Sound of Waves, Part 1]]</ref>
<ref name = V10TDSWP2>[[Volume 10#The Distant Sound of Waves#Part 2|Volume 10, The Distant Sound of Waves, Part 2]]</ref>
<ref name = V10TDSWP3>[[Volume 10#The Distant Sound of Waves#Part 3|Volume 10, The Distant Sound of Waves, Part 3]]</ref>
<ref name = V10TDSWP4>[[Volume 10#The Distant Sound of Waves#Part 4|Volume 10, The Distant Sound of Waves, Part 4]]</ref>
<ref name = V10TDSWP5>[[Volume 10#The Distant Sound of Waves#Part 5|Volume 10, The Distant Sound of Waves, Part 5]]</ref>
<ref name = V10TDSWP6>[[Volume 10#The Distant Sound of Waves#Part 6|Volume 10, The Distant Sound of Waves, Part 6]]</ref>
<ref name = V10TDSWP7>[[Volume 10#The Distant Sound of Waves#Part 7|Volume 10, The Distant Sound of Waves, Part 7]]</ref>
<ref name = V10TDSWP8>[[Volume 10#The Distant Sound of Waves#Part 8|Volume 10, The Distant Sound of Waves, Part 8]]</ref>
<ref name = V10TDSWP9>[[Volume 10#The Distant Sound of Waves#Part 9|Volume 10, The Distant Sound of Waves, Part 9]]</ref>
<ref name = V10TDSWP10>[[Volume 10#The Distant Sound of Waves#Part 10|Volume 10, The Distant Sound of Waves, Part 10]]</ref>
<ref name = V10TDSWP11>[[Volume 10#The Distant Sound of Waves#Part 11|Volume 10, The Distant Sound of Waves, Part 11]]</ref>
<ref name = V10TDSWP12>[[Volume 10#The Distant Sound of Waves#Part 12|Volume 10, The Distant Sound of Waves, Part 12]]</ref>
<ref name = V10Versus>[[Volume 10#Versus|Volume 10, Versus]]</ref>

Volume 11Edit

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<ref name = V11p>[[Volume 11#Prologue|Volume 11, Prologue]]</ref>
<ref name = V11C1>[[Volume 11#Chapter 1|Volume 11, Chapter 1]]</ref>
<ref name = V11C2>[[Volume 11#Chapter 2|Volume 11, Chapter 2]]</ref>
<ref name = V11C3>[[Volume 11#Chapter 3|Volume 11, Chapter 3]]</ref>
<ref name = V11C4>[[Volume 11#Chapter 4|Volume 11, Chapter 4]]</ref>
<ref name = V11C5>[[Volume 11#Chapter 5|Volume 11, Chapter 5]]</ref>
<ref name = V11C6>[[Volume 11#Chapter 6|Volume 11, Chapter 6]]</ref>
<ref name = V11C7>[[Volume 11#Chapter 7|Volume 11, Chapter 7]]</ref>
<ref name = V11C8>[[Volume 11#Chapter 8|Volume 11, Chapter 8]]</ref>
<ref name = V11C9>[[Volume 11#Chapter 9|Volume 11, Chapter 9]]</ref>
<ref name = V11C10>[[Volume 11#Chapter 10|Volume 11, Chapter 10]]</ref>
<ref name = V11C11>[[Volume 11#Chapter 11|Volume 11, Chapter 11]]</ref>
<ref name = V11C12>[[Volume 11#Chapter 12|Volume 11, Chapter 12]]</ref>
<ref name = V11C13>[[Volume 11#Chapter 13|Volume 11, Chapter 13]]</ref>
<ref name = V11C14>[[Volume 11#Chapter 14|Volume 11, Chapter 14]]</ref>

Volume 12Edit

Volume 13Edit

Volume 14Edit

Volume 15Edit

Volume 16Edit

Volume 17Edit

Volume 18Edit

Volume 19Edit

Volume 20Edit

Volume 21Edit

Side storiesEdit

For side stories, the abbreviation of the side story name is used as the reference name. Additionally, if the side story comes in parts, a "Px", where "x" is the number of the part, can be added for an even more specific reference (recommended). Not mandatory, but if the Side Story has been added to light novel, light novel referencing format should be used instead.

OthersEdit

AnimeEdit

Anime references follow a standard format of S[x]E[yy], where "[x]" is the season number in roman numerals (this part should be omitted for the first season, as it did not use any numbers in the title), and "[yy]" is the episode number.

Season 1Edit

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<ref name = E01>[[Episode 01]]</ref>
<ref name = E02>[[Episode 02]]</ref>
<ref name = E03>[[Episode 03]]</ref>
<ref name = E04>[[Episode 04]]</ref>
<ref name = E05>[[Episode 05]]</ref>
<ref name = E06>[[Episode 06]]</ref>
<ref name = E07>[[Episode 07]]</ref>
<ref name = E08>[[Episode 08]]</ref>
<ref name = E09>[[Episode 09]]</ref>
<ref name = E10>[[Episode 10]]</ref>
<ref name = E11>[[Episode 11]]</ref>
<ref name = E12>[[Episode 12]]</ref>
<ref name = E13>[[Episode 13]]</ref>
<ref name = E14>[[Episode 14]]</ref>
<ref name = E15>[[Episode 15]]</ref>
<ref name = E16>[[Episode 16]]</ref>
<ref name = E17>[[Episode 17]]</ref>
<ref name = E18>[[Episode 18]]</ref>
<ref name = E19>[[Episode 19]]</ref>
<ref name = E20>[[Episode 20]]</ref>
<ref name = E21>[[Episode 21]]</ref>
<ref name = E22>[[Episode 22]]</ref>
<ref name = E23>[[Episode 23]]</ref>
<ref name = E24>[[Episode 24]]</ref>