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The {{page needed}} template, and its plural version {{pages needed}}, function as in-line requests for the specific citation of a page number, or numbers, in a cited work such as a book or journal. Do not use these tags to label citations to named entries in dictionaries or other alphabetically-arranged works with multiple entries per page, as the entry specified is already more specific than a page number. Do not use these tags to label statements which you suspect to be false. Instead, use a dispute template such as {{Dubious}}, or move those statements to the talk page and ask for evidence.

{{Page needed|date=March 2021}}

These tags will categorise tagged articles into Category:Wikipedia articles needing page number citations or a dated subcategory thereof.

These templates are self-references and so are part of the Wikipedia project rather than the encyclopædic content.


reason (optional) : Sometimes a page is given, but because of other circumstances, it is not the ideal page for some reason. In these cases, it is helpful to add a brief reason for the tag: {{Page needed|reason=What the problem is}} (this is preferable to using an HTML <!-- comment --> after the tag, as it is tidier to keep all of the {{page needed}}-related code inside the template). If the explanation would be lengthy, use the article's talk page.

As well as being visible in the source code for editors' benefit, the reason parameter is, if provided, displayed when the mouse is hovered over the "page needed" link in the article.


Outside of <ref> tags.


Markup Renders as
Some text here.<ref name="Smith 2009">{{Cite book
|title=The Unbearable Beingness of Light
|location=New York
|publisher=Fnord Pubs
}}</ref>{{page needed|date=December 2016}}



Some text here.[1][page needed]


  1. ^ Smith, Jane (2009). The Unbearable Beingness of Light. New York: Fnord Pubs.

Template data

This is the TemplateData documentation for this template used by VisualEditor and other tools; see the monthly parameter usage report for this template.

TemplateData for Page needed

The template functions as in-line request for the page number, or numbers, in a cited work such as a book or journal.

Template parameters

Month and yeardate

Provides the month and year; e.g., 'January 2013', but not 'jan13'

Auto value

Additional reason(s) for placing the template


See also

  • {{Page numbers needed}} (non-inline version for when the problem is article- or section-wide)
  • {{Rp}} to supply a referenced page number, for a source cited many times, at different pages numbers, in the same article
  • {{Volume needed}} (similar to {{page needed}}, for missing journal, newspaper, comic, etc., volume and issue numbers)
  • {{Page range too broad}} (the opposite of {{page needed}}, when the cited page numbers span more than a few pages)