Template:More citations needed

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Usage

When to use

This template indicates that the article needs additional inline citations. This template should be used only for articles where there are some, but insufficient, inline citations to support the material currently in the article. Don't use this tag for articles that contain no unreferenced material, even if all the material is supported by a single citation.

Some editors understand this template to be redundant when it is used on articles clearly marked as stubs, since by definition stubs are unlikely to be well referenced.

For articles that have no inline citations at all, but contain some sources, use Template:No footnotes. Only use Template:Unreferenced for articles that have no references at all.

  • For articles about living persons, the more specific template {{BLP sources}} should be used instead.
  • For articles containing biomedical information, the more specific template {{Medref}} should be used instead.
  • Please consider marking individual unreferenced statements with {{Citation needed}} instead of placing this template.
  • If most of an article is supported by inline citations and a few of those use unreliable sources use {{Unreliable source?|date=November 2020}} and if you are certain then add the parameters {{Unreliable source|certain=y|reason=your WP:RS-based reason here.|date=November 2020}}

How to use

Listed below are four examples of usage:

{{More citations needed}}
{{Refimprove|date=November 2020}}
{{Citations missing|section}}  (the same as {{Refimprove section}})
This can be made smaller with {{Cleanup-verify|section|small=y}} or {{Cite-section|small=y}}
{{Not verified|section|{{subst:DATE}}|talk=Talk page section name|small=y}}

The optional |find= parameter is available, for modifying the operation of the {{find sources mainspace}} links displayed by the template:

{{More citations needed|find=search keyword(s)|date=November 2020}}

see below for details.

According to MOS:LAYOUT, maintenance templates such as this one should (except when section-specific) be placed after hatnotes, at the start of the article. That placement is supported by consensus obtained in an RfC at Template talk:More citations needed § RfC: Location of Tag.

talk parameter
A |talk= parameter is allowed; setting this to any value will result in the message "See talk page for details." being included in the tag. If the value is a valid anchor on the talk page (e.g., the title of a section or subsection heading), then the talk page link will go directly to that anchor; if not, to the top of the page.
date parameter
This template also includes support for using the |date= parameter. Adding this parameter sorts the article into subcategories of Category:Articles needing additional references and out of the parent category, allowing the oldest problems to be identified and dealt with first. A bot will add this parameter if it is omitted. Be careful not to abbreviate the date, because then it will automatically add a redlinked category instead of the correct category. The simplest way to use this parameter manually is {{More sources|{{subst:DATE}}}} but it can be done more explicitly as {{Improverefs|date=November 2020}} (both result in the same output). Do not use {{+R|date={{subst:DATE}}}}: {{subst:DATE}} includes the leading date=.
find parameter
The |find= parameter is available to control the presentation and operation of the {{find sources mainspace}} links optionally displayed by the template. By default, the template displays {{find sources mainspace}} with a quoted search term equivalent to the exact article title. Sometimes, especially if the article has a long, descriptive title, or if it includes parenthetical disambiguation terms, this may not give useful results. The find parameter can be used to provide the search keywords of your choice to the {{find sources mainspace}} links. The value "none" may be passed (|find=none) to suppress display of find sources.

A user warning template, {{Uw-refimprove}}, is available to notify contributors that an article they created needs its referencing improved.

This template adds the article to Category:Articles needing additional references from November 2020, and Category:All articles needing additional references, both hidden categories.

General advantage

Differences from related templates

{{BLP sources}}

  • Use BLP sources in articles about living persons that need additional references. If the article needs additional references but is not about a living or recently deceased subject, then use More citations needed.

{{More footnotes needed}}

  • Use More footnotes needed when the article includes a list of sources, perhaps in a "Bibliography" or "Works" appendix, but its sources remain unclear because there are insufficient inline citations. This tag (More citations needed) is more specific than More footnotes needed, and should be used preferentially to that template.

{{Unreferenced}} and {{Citation needed}}

  • Use Unreferenced when there are no inline citations in an article. If there are one or more, but insufficient inline citations in an article, then use More citations needed.
  • However, if an article has sufficient inline citations, but the article lacks citations to cover specific information (such as no citation on a quotation) then use the inline citation template {{Citation needed}} to indicate more precisely where additional citations are needed. Unlike Citation needed, More citations needed places a very conspicuous banner in the article.
  • There are also {{Refimprove section}} and {{Unreferenced section}} for problems that are not article-wide.
  • If you decide to change the tag from Unreferenced to More citations needed, don't forget to update the date stamp in the tag.

{{Primary sources}}

  • If an article has sufficient inline citations, but if the citations in an article are from primary sources (see WP:USEPRIMARY), then use {{Primary sources}}.

{{Third-party sources}}

  • If an article has sufficient inline citations, but if the citations in an article are from sources affiliated with the subject (see WP:INDY), then use {{Third-party}}.

{{One source}}

  • If an article has exactly one source and that single source is likely to result in bias or other problems in the article (e.g., it cites one fringe-y book instead of a good textbook), then use {{One source}}.

{{Medical citations needed}}

  • If the article contains biomedical information, sources must meet the standards of WP:MEDRS ("it is vital that the biomedical information in articles be based on reliable, third-party, published sources and accurately reflect current medical knowledge"). If there are inline citations for biomedical information, but they do not meet the required standards, then use {{Medref}}.

{{Citation style}}

  • The More citations needed template is intended for use in articles that need additional citations, while citation style template is used to request consistency within the citations present in an article (see WP:CITEVAR). For example, when there is a mixture of footnotes or parenthetical references.

{{No footnotes}}, {{More footnotes}}

  • More citations needed can be used when there is no "References" or "Further reading" section in the article.

{{Sources exist}}

  • Similar to {{Refimprove}} because both templates indicate the need for more references, but {{Sources exist}} goes further to indicate a user has at least checked that reliable sources are available to be cited. By this, the assertion is made that the article is notable.

TemplateData

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TemplateData for More citations needed

This template generates a tag to indicate that the article needs additional inline citations.

Template parameters

This template prefers inline formatting of parameters.

ParameterDescriptionTypeStatus
Affected area1

Text to replace the word "article", usually "section"

Example
section
Lineoptional
Talk page sectiontalk

Section name on the talk page for further discussion

Lineoptional
Make box smallsmall

Enter any text here to make the template box small and aligned to the left.

Example
y
Lineoptional
Findfind

Custom text to seach for sources.

Lineoptional
Month and yeardate

The month and year that the template was placed (in full). "{{subst:CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{subst:CURRENTYEAR}}" inserts the current month and year automatically.

Example
June 2013
Auto value
{{subst:CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{subst:CURRENTYEAR}}
Linerequired

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