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This template documentation is transcluded from Template:Unreferenced/doc [edit]

  • This template will categorise tagged articles into Category:Articles lacking sources (but see below).
  • This template is a self-reference.
  • This template is not useful for Wikicars:Subst.
  • There is currently no consensus about where to place this template; most suggest either the bottom of the article page (in an empty 'References' section), or on the article's talk page.
  • There is currently no consensus about whether this template should be used with stubs. Certainly all articles, including stubs, should cite references, but opinions vary as to whether the stub tag is sufficient notification of the need to improve the article, or whether there is a need for more specific notification via this tag.


This template also has one optional field, which permits the user to be specific in what needs to be cited. For instance, if the entire article needs to be cited, a user would enter {{unreferenced}}; should they wish to be more specific on which section of the article needs to be cited, then the user could enter {{unreferenced|article's section called "Childhood"}}.

Leaving the argument undefined is acceptable, as it will print out the default text listed on this template page.

It can be helpful to include the date parameter for this template; order does not matter with respect to the above optional input. Both {{unreferenced|Foo|date=August 2018}} and {{unreferenced|date=August 2018|Foo}} will have the same result. Adding this new (as of November 2006) parameter sorts the article into subcategories of Category:Articles lacking sources by month and out of the parent category, allowing the oldest problems to be identified and dealt with first. If the date parameter is omitted a bot will add it later.


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