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"Template:Unverified" redirects here. For the inline template "not in citation given", see Template:Failed verification.
"Template:References" redirects here. For the template encapsulating <references>, see Template:Reflist.


When to use

You may add this template only to articles that contain zero sources of any kind.

Do not add this template:

  • In articles that have some citations, but not enough, the {{Refimprove}} template should be used instead as a general template, or the {{Unreferenced section}} template for specific unsourced sections.
  • In articles containing a list of sources at the end, but no inline citations, including parenthetical references or in-text attributions, consider {{no footnotes}} when the article would be significantly improved by detailed attribution of sources to specific claims.
  • Watch out for lists of general references that someone has incorrectly listed under ==External links==. If the link leads to a reliable source that supports some article content, then that website is a reference, not an external link.
  • Other templates, listed below, should be used when the sources are inadequate for other reasons.


  • Be bold! Consider searching for references and adding them to the article, instead of this template.
  • In articles about people and businesses, consider using the more specific {{Third-party sources}} template, to encourage citation of WP:Independent sources rather than the subject's own website.
  • See Wikipedia:Biographies of living people for guidance on dealing with unreferenced biographies of living people.
  • Consider not adding this template to very brief stubs, since anyone visiting the page can see, in a single glance, that it contains no citations.

How to use

{{Unreferenced|date=November 2015}}



Substitution of this template will automatically fill the date parameter.

To flag an individual section as being unreferenced, use the {{Unreferenced section}} template, which categorizes more narrowly:

{{Unreferenced section|date=November 2015}}
Date parameter
The date parameter is (generally[1]) used to indicate when the template was added to a page. An example of its usage is {{Unreferenced|date=November 2015}}. Adding this parameter sorts the article into monthly subcategories of Category:Articles lacking sources, rather than adding it to Category:Articles lacking sources itself, allowing the oldest problems to be identified and dealt with first. If the date parameter is omitted, a bot will add it later.

General information

This template can either be placed at the top of an article, at the bottom of the article page (in an empty "References" or "Notes" section—usually just before a {{Reflist}} template), or on the article's talk page.


This template adds the article to Category:Articles lacking sources and Category:Articles lacking sources from November 2015, both hidden categories.

Differences from related templates

The similar template {{Refimprove}} adds an article to Category:Articles needing additional references. {{Medref}} adds the article to Category:Articles needing additional medical references as well as Category:Articles needing additional references.



This is the TemplateData documentation for this template used by VisualEditor and other tools.

TemplateData for Unreferenced

This template generates a tag to indicate that the article has no citations

Template parameters

This template prefers inline formatting of parameters.

Parameter Description Type Status
Date date

The month and year that the need for citations is identified, such as 'June 2013'; may use '{{subst:DATE}}' template instead

Auto value
string optional
Type (section) 1

Something to replace the word "article", normally "section". This is a legacy feature, and this usage has been replaced with separate '{{Unreferenced section}}' template.

Auto value
string optional

See also


  1. ^ Because of the nature of the workflow using the current date makes sense, it is simpler to add, especially for the WP:bots it means that older dated categories do not have to be constantly created and deleted, and it enables some measure of progress. Moreover it is "good enough" to get the articles into the workflow and the intention is to ensure they are cleaned up eventually. Occasionally however it may be useful to bulk add items, to older categories, for example when the system was initially set up, when merging two schemes or when adding to the current month would swamp it disproportionately.