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The simplest way to add this template to an article is to copy and paste {{Self-published|date=November 2015}} at the top of the article. To flag only an affected section, use {{Self-published|section|date=November 2015}}.

This template will categorise tagged articles into Category:Articles lacking reliable references.


Use when multiple sources are self-published.

Please try to improve the article or make a good faith attempt to verify the citations in question before adding this template, and discuss the matter on the talk page. If only one citation is problematic, or there is a desire to tag particular citations, consider using {{failed verification}} instead.

Articles that merely lack references or have POV problems should be flagged with some other template.

Technical details

This template has two optional fields.

The first permits the user to specify what needs to be cited. For instance, if the entire article needs to be cited, a user would enter {{Self-published|article}}; but should the user wish to be more specific on which section of the article needs to be cited, then the user could enter {{Self-published|section called "Childhood"}}. Leaving the parameter undefined is acceptable, as it will print out the default text "article or section."

The second field is a date parameter, entered as "date=month year". Adding this sorts the article into subcategories of Category:Articles lacking reliable references, allowing the oldest problems to be identified and dealt with first. If the date parameter is omitted, a bot will add it later.

Note that order does not matter with respect to the above optional parameters. Both {{Self-published|section|date=November 2015}} and {{Self-published|date=November 2015|section}} will produce the same result.

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