When answering questions, I like to give credit to any source of information by adding a link to that source. However, since I'm Dutch a source might happen to be in Dutch as well. Most people won't be helped by a direct link but only by a short summary. Should I still include the link then?

What is the best way to give credit to sources in foreign languages?

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As others said, you should write a summary, and provide the link anyway.
This is also in keeping with the "Attribution" requirement of the Creative Commons license that the StackExchange network uses.
The link should probably come with a warning that it refers to a non-English page (e.g. "link (in Dutch)").
By including the link, you give other people the chance to apply a translation service.

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    Following StackExchange policies is a good point. The quality of some automated translations could be the sole reason to adding a summary ;). Commented Dec 13, 2011 at 12:52

Since most people will not be able to read the resource, you should provide at least a summary with the link.

If you can link to an additional resource in English, all the better.


The problem with links is link rot, therefore you should write the relevant content (of course in English).

For the code (if it is pasted on a site like pastebin), the language is irrelevant, because only the comments are influenced by the language (comments are generally helpful, but not necessary).

  • (After your edit). Ok, in that sense it applies to any link, even ones to English sources. It's a bit off topic, but I think giving a synopsis of the relevant parts is usually good practice. Commented Dec 13, 2011 at 12:29

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