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[third-party source needed]

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This template is used in articles to identify sentences or short passages that have an inline citation but improperly reference a source that is biased because of very close connection to the subject, such as the manufacturer of a product.


Place this template inline, {{third-party-inline|date=April 2015}} following the word or punctuation.

It produces a superscripted notation like the following:

This is a fantastic product.[third-party source needed]

Use this template to "tag" dubious information or analysis which cites references produced by someone close to the subject of the article, so that other editors can know to back up the statement with citations, per Wikipedia:Verifiability.

You may also (shown below) include a |reason= note, to leave a better record for future editors. For example, the following usage might be appropriate to the arguable claim that "This is a fantastic product...":

{{third-party-inline|reason=citation is the company's website, there must be more objective sources for this|date=April 2015}}

Note that if you do not add |date=, a bot will date your entry with the month and year at a later time.

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

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 WP:BURDEN.

If no reference is given, use the {{citation needed}} tag instead.

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.


Use this to mark a specific statement as needing support from a third-party or independent source.

Template parameters
Parameter Description Type Default Auto value Status
Date date Month and year, e.g. January 2015 unknown empty {{subst:CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{subst:CURRENTYEAR}} suggested
Reason reason Why this statement needs a third-party source string empty empty optional

See also[edit]

Inline templates[edit]

Whole article templates[edit]

  • {{Third-party}}, equivalent when the article in general lacks tertiary sources
  • {{Cite check}}, article/section may have inappropriate or misinterpreted citations
  • {{Refimprove}}, article/section has weak or incomplete sources/references/citations
  • {{Unreferenced}}, zero sources cited on entire page