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[unreliable source?]

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This tag is intended to be used when a statement is sourced but it is questionable whether the source used is reliable for supporting the statement. Add this template only after a good faith attempt to verify the reliability of the source in question.

The template has three optional parameters:

  • date: should be set to the month and year when the article was tagged. Example: {{Unreliable source?|date=November 2015}}
  • reason: a note explaining why you think the source is unreliable as per WP:RS. Displays as a tool tip. Keep it short (one sentence) as longer material belongs on the talk page. It is good to reiterate the reason in your edit summary. Example: {{Unreliable source?|reason=your WP:RS-based reason here.|date=November 2015}}
  • certain: if set to "y" or "yes" will remove the question mark from the template's output to denote a degree of certainty that the source is unreliable. Please use this with a reason parameter. Example: {{Unreliable source|certain=y|reason=your WP:RS-based reason here.|date=November 2015}} NOTE: This parameter has an alias |failed= which may make more grammatical sense when used with certain redirects like {{verify credibility}}.

Articles tagged with this template will be categorized into Category:All articles lacking reliable references.

Usage guidelines

This tag should not be used on unreliably sourced contentious statements about living persons; if the source is not reliable, the statement should be removed immediately.

The template should be placed outside the reference (<ref> ... </ref>), within the article's text:

Potentially controversial statement.<ref>some alleged source for this</ref>{{Unreliable source?|date=November 2015}} Next sentence.

For whole articles or article sections that rely on suspect sources, considering using just {{refimprove}} or {{refimprove|section}}, respectively, rather than individually tagging a large number of statements.

This tag should not be used to indicate that the sourced material could not be found within a given source. In that case, {{failed verification}} is a better template. For statements that have failed verification and have a questionable would-be source, consider removal of the source (and possibly the statements) over using both tags.


The following may presently be used as shortcuts and aliases for this template:

  1. {{reliable source}}
  2. {{rs}}
  3. {{rs?}}
  4. {{vc}}
  5. {{unreliable source}}
  6. {{Unreliable source inline}}
  7. {{verify credibility}}
  8. {{verify credibility?}}

See also