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Writing:External links and references (state executive officials)

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This page is a content-and-style guide about how to write an "external links" and "references" sections in a state executive official article.

To help writers decide if a link to an outside source should be included as external link or as a reference footnote below are some guidelines and recommendations. In particular, if you are including information that is based on information you found in one of the authoritative sources we suggest using as an external link, and it is information that a reader might find surprising or unusual, you might consider linking to that information source as a footnote at the end of that sentence rather than just using an external link to that information source.

How to write about
state executives
Starting an article (stub)
Blank Example Article
InfoboxIntro sentence
See also section
External links and references
General offices:
Intro sentence
Feature - elected or appointed
OfficeholdersSee also section
External links and references
State offices:
InfoboxIntro sentence
Current officeholderAuthority
Historical officeholders
Contact informationSee also section
External links and references
InfoboxIntro sentence
BiographyPolitical career
Elections (Issue positions)
Campaign contributions
See also section
External links and references
Succession boxes
SEO news desk
The project

Links to include

Below are a variety of links that you should always add to state executive official articles. Also, each article should include the template {{seosubmit}}. This template will allow readers to submit related links to Ballotpedia staff.

Generic offices

State executive offices


  • The official state webpage about the position or department.
  • The subpage of the state official website that profiles the officeholder.
  • The officeholder's blog, if there is one.
  • The officeholder's Facebook page, if there is one.
  • The officeholder's Twitter account, if there is one.
How to add an external link

Candidate profiles

Suggest a link
  • The official campaign website of the candidate
  • The candidate's biography from Project Vote Smart
  • The candidate's Facebook campaign page, if there is one
  • The candidate's Twitter campaign account, if there is one
  • Template:SEOLinks for those with many resources available (often previous office holders), Template:LegisLinks for others.


Newspaper articles or similar sources that you're relying on for some of your information should be included as reference footnotes, following these citation conventions, which you can see in practice here.

Note that as soon as you add the first citation footnote to an article, you must add a "References" section that includes the {{reflist}} or {{reflist}} tag, or your citation won't show up for your reader as a clickable link.

In other words, be sure to type a "References" section heading, after your "External links" section:

Code example:


How to cite a source

See also

Suggest a link