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How are novels comics, and games covered? Edit

Although we restrict information about the Trek universe itself to the series and films for the time being, we also can't ignore the novels, comics, and other parts of the Trek franchise which have contributed to its success over the years. Therefore, we include lists for topics outside of the POV of our "in-universe" articles (i.e. all actors, episodes, movies, novels, etc. - stuff in the real world) to create a useful reference base.
Lists of "supplementary" or "apocryphal" topics on Memory Alpha
novelscomicsreference worksgamescollectiblesfan fiction

Who decided what should or shouldn't be used as a resource? Edit

Memory Alpha uses what resources our archivists decided should be use for articles.

How do I cite X resource? Edit

All "in-universe" POV articles should be cited with link to an article about its source in a primary resource (A valid series, i.e. only episodes and films verifiably from the TOS, TAS, TNG, DS9, VOY, ENT, or Star Trek films series).
Articles should be cited both to a primary resource and a secondary resource if the information is derived from a secondary publication or information gathering method (such as an interview or document from another source). This applies to names, spellings, words or topics not immediately discernible from the filmed version but accessible through a resource that verifies it was devised for the production itself (not after the fact), and not contradicted by more prominent information.

Article cited to a primary resourceEdit

Blah blah, Blah-blah-blah blah blah blah blah-blah. Blah-blah, etc. (TOS: "The Cage")

Article cited to a primary and secondary resource (small background section)Edit

Blah blah, Blah-blah-blah blah blah blah blah-blah. Blah-blah, etc. (TOS: "The Cage")

This was not in dialog or readable on screen, but the script listed the spelling and details about this topic.

Article cited to a primary and secondary resource (large background section)Edit

Blah blah, Blah-blah-blah blah blah blah blah-blah. Blah-blah, etc. (TOS: "The Cage")

Background informationEdit

This was not readable on screen, but a photographic print in the Star Trek: Blah blah-blah book shows the blah blah-blah. Blah blah, Blah-blah-blah blah blah blah blah-blah. Blah-blah, etc.

Implicit or explicit research citationEdit

It is possible to explicitly or implicitly cite a secondary source; the list of secondary sources to link to is currently expanding on Memory Alpha.


Implicit (No link)

Background informationEdit

The script listed the spelling...
Currently, MA offers no links to resources of episode scripts, but archivists who legally own scripts can attest to their content, even if there is nothing to link to. MA consensus has previously decided that reproducing entire episodic scripts on this site would be a copyright policy violation.


Explicit (Linked)

Background informationEdit

A photo of this starship model was published in the Star Trek Encyclopedia.
This is a Memory Alpha article about the secondary resource being cited, that we can explicitly link to.

Background informationEdit

An offsite interview with the senior executive producer stated that the missing dialogue was 'blah-blah blah'.
This is a non-Memory Alpha information source about the secondary resource being cited that we can explicitly link to.

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