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There is currently no consensus on where to place this template in an article.

This template will categorise tagged articles into Category:All articles lacking sources and either Category:Articles lacking sources or a monthly category like Category:Articles lacking sources from September 2018, if a date is supplied.

The simplest way to add this template to an article is to copy and paste {{citations missing{{#if:article||article}}{{#if:date=September 2018||date=September 2018}}{{#if:||{{{4}}}}}{{#if:||etc.}}}} at the top of the article.


This template also has two optional fields.

The first permits the user to specify what needs to be cited. For instance, if the entire article needs to be cited, a user would enter {{citations missing{{#if:article||article}}{{#if:||{{{3}}}}}{{#if:||{{{4}}}}}{{#if:||etc.}}}}; but should the user wish to be more specific on which section of the article needs to be cited, then the user could enter {{citations missing{{#if:section called "Childhood"||section called "Childhood"}}{{#if:||{{{3}}}}}{{#if:||{{{4}}}}}{{#if:||etc.}}}}. Leaving the parameter undefined is acceptable, as it will print out the default text "article or section."

The second field is a date parameter, entered as "date=month year". Adding this 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.

Note that order does not matter with respect to the above optional parameters. Both {{citations missing{{#if:section||section}}{{#if:date=September 2018||date=September 2018}}{{#if:||{{{4}}}}}{{#if:||etc.}}}} and {{citations missing{{#if:date=September 2018||date=September 2018}}{{#if:section||section}}{{#if:||{{{4}}}}}{{#if:||etc.}}}} will produce the same result.

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