Because the Aesthetics Wiki focuses on different aesthetics, rather than fictional works/intellectual property, finding sources requires clarification as these communities/movements necessitate a variety of different classifications of information. This is especially so because many, if not most, of these sources are not from mainstream publications or definite authority.
This article is arranged into the types of sources that could be used and the protocol that surround them. Note that this article assumes that you are familiar with choosing reliable, such as with the C.R.A.A.P. acronym, and therefore, only discusses specifics that are due to the unusual nature of this wiki.
The format for citation is in APA. However, it is also acceptable to leave single links as a placeholder and return to change the format afterwards.
Art history textbooks are fantastic resources for writing wiki pages about art history. The fact that they provide philosophy and visual characteristics of these periods, with ample evidence, makes those pages be able to be rewrites of the text books, with it being acceptable to have the book be the single source of the page.
Newspapers that are known to be trustworthy, provide evidence (such as interviews and citations), and are typically popular means of receiving information are always trusted on the wiki. These organizations would be helpful in that they often do articles on aesthetics in their cultural section. Because of their prestige and the experience of their writers, they are typically able to access experts on internet trends and describe aesthetics in a clear and concise way that is beneficial for the wiki. Some examples include The New York Times, Vox, and The Washington Post.
Please be wary of news sites that emphasize clickbait and advertisement over actual journalism. These sites do not provide enough accurate information (and even occasionally steal writing from this wiki) and push products and outrage over truth. Some red flags can include links to affiliated products, poor grammar and simplistic writing, and a lack of perspective from people actually in the aesthetic community.
Other wikis, which are websites wherein users contribute by writing down information, are encouraged to be used as sources provided that the page contains reputable citations itself.
Some wikis that are reputable include:
- Wiki Art
- TV Tropes (helpful for aesthetics based on fictional genres and settings)
- Multiple articles on the J-Fashion wiki
- Et cetera