Guidelines / Use of sources

Compulsory referring to a source

  • Credits of a work
  • Remark: Some fields require referring to a source, others don't, but the rule for editing existing data is: Sourced information rules over un-sourced information.

Source for work data

Sources for release data

Sources for performance data

Sources not preferred by SHS

  • Allmusic: Sometimes treat re-issues as originals, so the dates/track listing/label and other details can be wrong.
  • Apple Music: Release dates that predates the existence of Apple Music/iTunes are unreliable.
  • HBDirect: Own catalogue numbers, labels and release dates


  • When a secondary source names its own source (typically a well documeeted Wikipedia), refer to the "root" source in the editor notes.