References can be added much more easily in VisualEditor than they can be in Wikitext markup.
After clicking the "Edit" tab on your user page, add a little bit of text and then click the "Cite" button in the edit toolbar. Make sure that your cursor is at the end of the text entered, after the punctuation.
I recommend always using the manual method for adding a citation because the results are better. Click on the type of citation you are creating: website, book, news, or journal.
Fill out all the fields you can. This is how the website citation wizard looks before data is entered.
This is how the website citation wizard looks after data is entered. When you are finished, click the blue "Insert" button.
This is how a new website citation appears immediately after it is created.
This is how the book citation wizard looks after data is entered.
This is how a new book citation appears immediately after it is created.
This is how the news citation wizard looks after data is entered.
This is how a new news citation appears immediately after it is created.
To create a list of references at the bottom of the page, place your cursor at the bottom and click the "Insert" drop-down menu. Then, click on the "Template" option in the drop-down menu.
Type the word "reflist" in the search bar.
Click the "Insert" button.
This is how the template will look in VisualEditor.
This is how the list of references will appear after the page is saved.
When creating a list of references in an article, always create a heading over the Reflist template that is titled "References". To do this, write "References" over the template in VisualEditor.
Then, click on the "Paragraph" drop-down menu and select "Heading".
This is how the "References" heading will then appear in VisualEditor.