Template:Primary source-inline

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[non-primary source needed]

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How to use[edit]

This template is used in articles to identify sentences or short passages which have an inline citation but improperly reference a primary source.

Adding {{Primary source-inline|date=April 2015}} produces a superscripted notation like the following:

Most people believe in ghosts.[non-primary source needed]

You can also include a |reason= note, which displays as a tooltip upon mouse hover, to leave a better record for future editors. For example, the following usage might be appropriate to the arguable claim that "Most people believe in ghosts...":

{{Primary source-inline|reason=citation is the Ghostbusters company website, there must be more objective sources for this|date=April 2015}}

Adding this template to an article places the article into one of a family of categories identifying "Articles with unsourced statements". To find all such articles, see Category:All articles with unsourced statements.

When to use[edit]

Use this template to "tag" information or analysis that you believe is improperly or unnecessarily supported by a primary source, so that other editors can see whether this use is appropriate and/or replace it with a citation to a stronger source. Primary sources may be used on Wikipedia, but they need to be handled with care.

"Primary source" does not mean that the author is too close to the subject. As a general rule, primary sources include all scientific journal articles about experiments, "eyewitness" newspaper stories, and historical documents. If you are looking for an independent, third-party source, use {{third-party-inline}} instead.

When not to use this template[edit]

Unsourced or poorly sourced contentious material about living persons should be removed immediately. Do not tag it: remove it. For more information, see the section on poorly sourced contentious material in the Biography of Living Persons policy.

Material which is doubtful and harmful may be removed immediately, rather than tagged. See Unsourced material.

If no citation is given, use the {{citation needed}} tag instead. If the source given is self-published, use {{self-published inline}}. If you think the author has a conflict of interest or is otherwise too close to the subject, use {{third-party-inline}}.

If you have the time and ability to find an a better reference, please do so. Then correct the citation yourself, or correct the article text. After all, the ultimate goal is not to merely identify problems, but to fix them.

Many editors object to what they perceive as overuse of this tag, particularly in what is known as "drive-by" tagging, which is applying the tag without attempting to address the issues at all. Consider whether adding this tag in an article is the best approach before using it, and use it judiciously.

This template is intended for specific passages which need citation. For articles or sections which have significant material lacking sources (rather than just specific short passages), there are other, more appropriate templates, such as {{unreferenced}}. If the article as a whole relies on primary sources (rather than the independent, secondary sources required by the content policies), consider adding the {{primary sources}} tag to the top of the article.


See also[edit]

Inline templates[edit]


Article message box templates[edit]

  • {{Cite check}}, article/section may have inappropriate or misinterpreted citations
  • {{Refimprove}}, article/section has weak or incomplete sources/references/citations
  • {{Third-party}}, whole article contains zero independent/third-party references
  • {{Unreferenced}}, article/section has no sources/references/citations given at all