Template:More citations needed

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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 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=February 2021}} and if you are certain then add the parameters {{Unreliable source|certain=y|reason=your WP:RS-based reason here.|date=February 2021}}

How to use

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.

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. 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=February 2021}} (both result in the same output). Do not use {{+R|date={{subst:DATE}}}}: {{subst:DATE}} includes the leading date=.

This template adds the article to Category:Articles needing additional references from February 2021, and Category:All articles needing additional references, both hidden categories.

General advantage

Differences from related templates


  • 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.



  1. {{Refimprove}}
  2. {{+R}}

Template data

This is the TemplateData documentation for this template used by VisualEditor and other tools; see the monthly parameter usage report for this template.

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.

Type (typically section)1

This parameter allows an editor to replace the default word "article" with another word, usually the word "section"

Month and yeardate

The month and year that the need for citations is identified, such as 'June 2013'; may use '{{subst:DATE}}' template instead; if not specified, this parameter will be filled automatically by a bot

Auto value
See talk pagetalk

Any value (such as 'y') for this parameter will result in the addition of 'See talk page for details.' to the tag


Set to 'y' to make the template box smaller


See also

Wikipedia logo This template uses material from the Wikipedia template Template:More citations needed, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (view authors).