Writing:External links for Congress

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Main article: Congress Project writing guidelines

This page is a content-and-style guide about the "External links" section as used in the Congress project.

To help writers decide if a link to an outside source should be included only as an external link (see below) or also 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 specific information as a footnote at the end of that sentence as well as using an external link to that information source. For example, a link to a particular C-SPAN appearance as a footnote, and a link to that person's collected C-SPAN appearances as an external link.

For more on references, click here.

Links to include

Below are a variety of links that you should always add to articles about Congress.

Profiles of members of Congress

  • The official Congressional profile of the officeholder. (example)
    • You can find links to U.S. Senator webpages here and U.S. House Representatives here.
  • The officeholder's blog, if there is one.
  • Template:CongLinks

Profiles of congressional districts

Profiles of committees

  • Official committee webpage (example)
  • Committee Facebook page (example)
  • Committee Twitter page (example)
  • Committee YouTube channel (example)

Example

An "External links" section may appear as follows:

==External links==
{{Submit a cong link}}
* [www.URLHERE.com Sen. XXX official website]
* [www.URLHERE.com Rep. XXX campaign website]
{{CongLinks | fb = | flickr = | linked = | twitter = | youtube = | congbio = | nga = | 
nndb = | wikipedia = | govtrack = | merge = | natjournal = | opencong = | our = | votesmart = | 
rollcall = | factcheck = | politifact = | snopes = | fec = | legistorm = | opensecrets = | 
assets = | followthemoney = | ontheissues = | congress = | worldcat = | c-span = | rose = | 
imdb = | bloomberg = | csmonitor = | economist = | ft = | guardian = | hill = | huffpo = | 
nyt = | wsj = | washpo = | washtime = }}
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* [www.URLHERE.com Description goes here]]

See also

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