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This template may be used to tag statements that seem to be sourced but lack sufficient specificity as to what exactly is being drawn from the source. This situation most often arises when sources are over-summarized to an excessive level, without sufficient care for whether the result has a clear enough meaning to be properly verifiable.



     A questionably verifiable statement here.{{Specify |reason=One-liner description of the problem. |date=October 2016}}


  • The Speaker of the House proposed extending the sunset clause in section 24 by another two years, while a similar amendment was proposed in the Senate.[specify][1]
    "Similar" has no clear meaning here, and could refer to something similarly phased but radically different in scope, or an effectually identical provision worded very differently, so it is too unclear to properly sourced without more specificity.
  • The paper's conclusions were questioned in some follow-up studies, but confirmed by others.[2][3][4][5][specify]
    It should not be left to the reader to play a guessing-game with regard to which studies did and did not confirm the conclusions, especially since the citation data may already provide a lot of contextual cues about the reputability of the two sets of conflicting results without having to pore over the studies' texts.
  • Latin American liberation theology met opposition from power in the US.[specify][6]
    Clearly needs further specification as to who opposed it, how, and when, or the claim is too vague to really be verifiable, and seems like a conspiracy theory in Wikipedia's voice.

When to use and not to use this template

Do not use this tag to label text which appears doubtful or false. In the case of biographies of living people, simply remove any alleged but unsourced information. Otherwise, please use another more appropriate tag for doubtful claims, as described below. For passages that are confusing, unclear, ambiguous, or missing a clarifier of some kind (i.e. the problem is with the wording, not the sourcing), use {{Clarify}}.

Regarding unsourced or poorly sourced information:

  1. if it is likely true, but needs specificity, you may use {{Specify}}
  2. if it is not doubtful, you may use {{Citation needed}} or {{Cite quote}} tag to ask for better citation in order to make the article complete.
  3. if it is doubtful but not harmful to the whole article, you may use {{Verify source}} tag to ask for source verification.
  4. If it is doubtful and harmful, you may move it to the talk page and ask for a source.
  5. If it is very doubtful and very harmful, you may remove it directly without the need of moving it to the talk page first.


This template takes a |reason= parameter. Because it may not be immediately apparent to other editors what precisely needs to be specified, it may be helpful to add a brief reason for the tag like this:
     {{Specify|reason=What the problem is.}}
As well as being visible in the source code for editors' benefit, the reason parameter is, if provided, displayed in the tooltip text when the mouse is hovered over the "specify" link in the article.

The template links to Wikipedia:Citing sources.

This template adds tagged articles to Category:Articles needing more detailed references.

This template is a self-reference and so is part of the Wikipedia project rather than the encyclopedic content.

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Template parameters

Parameter Description Type Status
Reason reason

A brief reason for the tag; do not include any double quotes.

Auto value
String optional
Date date

The date the tag was added (this will be added automatically soon by a bot if not added manually).

Auto value
String optional

See also

  • Wikipedia:Citing sources
  • {{Cite quote}}, tagging a request for citation, used for quotations that needs citations to make it complete, but not for seemingly doubtful or false texts
  • {{Request quote}}, tagging a request for quoting inaccessible source, used for requesting a direct quote from the cited source for verification
  • {{Verify credibility}}, tagging a request for source verification, used for information that is doubtful or appears false.
  • {{Verify source}}, tagging a request for source verification, used for information that is doubtful or appears false.
  • {{Cite check}}, popping up a box saying an article or section may have inappropriate or misinterpreted citations
  • {{Refimprove}}, popping up a box saying an article or section has not been verified and may not be reliable
  • {{Unreferenced}}, popping up a box saying an article or section has no citation or reference for its information