On the Wikipedia reference desk, we get a lot of questions on how to cite this
or that Wikipedia article. My initial thought was to add a link to "citing
Wikipedia" on one of the toolbars, but then I thought of a better idea:
Why not have a link which brings up a special, machine-generated page describing
exactly how to cite the particular article concerned in some of the major styles
- I'd suggest initially the three listed on the "citing Wikipedia" page, as well
as an entry in bibtex format.
The page would have some of the general background on the existing "citing
Wikipedia" page, and then the actual text which could be cut and pasted into a
bibliography in the styles I suggest.
The only problem, perhaps, is the requirement for the cut and paste to support
italics. I don't know how widely this is supported on the various platforms.
I can't imagine that this would be terribly difficult to do and might
significantly cut down on the reference desk traffic.