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Welcome to the Unreferenced articles WikiProject. We are a group of volunteers dedicated to reviewing and adding references to articles that are in Category:Articles lacking sources and Category:Unreferenced BLPs.

Wikipedia's verifiability policy requires that: all quotations and anything challenged or likely to be challenged be attributed in the form of an inline citation that directly supports the material. Verifiability is one of Wikipedia's core content policies. The others include No original research and Neutral point of view.

There are approximately 222,000 unreferenced articles, which is one of Wikipedia's biggest cleanup categories, we need your help! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them on our discussion page.

Getting started

  • Want to join? Click here and add your name to the list of volunteers using the {{User|Name}} format.
  • Need help adding references? See the following sections:
Still stuck? ask a question on the talk page.


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The goal of this project is to ensure that:

  • An optional goal of this project is to add as many reliable references to articles as you can find. While this is optional, it is recommend, particularly when dealing with Biographies of Living Persons.


  • All articles which have been tagged for having inadequate or no sources.

Related projects


Main tasks

Unreferenced articles

Focusing on the oldest subcategories from Category:Articles lacking sources, currently this is:

  • Started: February 20, 2010 with 5,096 articles
It currently contains 258 articles.

94.9% completed (calculated)


  • Started: August 18, 2012 with 3,782 articles
It currently contains 2,155 articles.

43% completed (calculated)


  • Started: January 6, 2013 with 4,000 articles
It currently contains 2,857 articles.

28.6% completed (calculated)


Open tasks

BLPs needing additional references

Focusing on the oldest subcategories from Category:BLP articles lacking sources, currently this is:

(Category does not exist or has been deleted due to completion of task.)
  • Started: February 9, 2015 with 14 articles
It currently contains 0 articles.

100% completed (calculated)


  • Started: March 3, 2015 with 16 articles
It currently contains 14 articles.

12.5% completed (calculated)


Articles needing additional references

Focusing on the oldest subcategories from Category:Articles needing additional references, currently this is:

  • Started: January 22, 2010 with 376 articles
It currently contains 112 articles.

70.2% completed (calculated)


  • Started: March 3, 2015 with 139 articles
It currently contains 111 articles.

20.1% completed (calculated)


Articles lacking reliable references

Focusing on the oldest subcategories from Category:Articles lacking reliable references, currently this is:

  • Started: March 3, 2015 with 6 articles
It currently contains 5 articles.

16.7% completed (calculated)


  • Started: March 3, 2015 with 24 articles
It currently contains 20 articles.

16.7% completed (calculated)


Historical Month by Month counts are archived here

Hints and tips

This is list of the main ideas to keep in mind when working on this project. For a more detailed, step-by-step guide see this how to guide.


This section advises on how deal with articles that have insufficient inline citations or general references, appearing in the ==Notes== or ==References== section or both, as described in the citing sources guideline.

  • In order to help people find this project, consider using an edit summary like the following: Wikipedia:WikiProject Unreferenced articles; [[WP:URA|you can help!]]
  • If the article has no ==References== section
    Add a ==References== section adding "{{Reflist}}" below will automatically generate the list of footnotes if they are used.
    If a ==References== section already exists and it contains some general references add a ==Notes== section above the ==References== section and place within it a "{{Reflist}}" template.
  • If an article has no inline-citations in the body of the article or general-citations in a ==References== section, then attempt to locate and add a citations to the article. See if any of the entries in the ==Further reading== or ==External links== sections can be used as references. If so then follow the guidance in citing sources guideline and move them to the appropriate place. Otherwise attempt to locate and add inline citations to the article.
    Be wary of circular referencing. There are many Wikipedia mirrors. In particular, Alphascript Publishing's books by Frederic P. Miller et al., Betascript Publishing, Icon Group International's "Webster's Quotations, Facts and Phrases" series, and Books, LLC all reuse Wikipedia content and appear in Google Books searches.
  • If you have been unable to add any inline-citations, and you think the article needs them or the article still lacks any general-references then add the {{unreferenced}} template. Either add it at the top of the article or directly above the {{reflist}} template. However if the article is a {{stub}}, there is no general consensus on whether adding an {{unreferenced}} template is appropriate, so discuss it on the talk page first to see if there is a local consensus to add it.
  • If the article has one inline-citation but is inadequately cited:

Check validity of articles

How to use

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This banner is used to signify that an article has been provided with references by a member of this project. Like traditional project banners, this banner is placed on the talk page but it is only inserted after the improvements have been made. This will hopefully encourage others to follow suit when editing the article, and perhaps even join the project! The template should be placed in section 0 of the articles talk page, which is after any project templates and before any threaded discussions. When this template is applied the article's talk page becomes a member of Category:Wikipedia unreferenced articles improved.

Use the following code to place the banner on the article's talk page:

{{Wikipedia Unreferenced articles improved|date={{subst:CURRENTDAY2}} {{subst:CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{subst:CURRENTYEAR}}}}

The date field is optional, but should be included.


{{User Unreferenced Articles}}

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  • Feel free to sign your name and leave any comments if you volunteer for this cleanup project. You might want to consider adding {{User Unreferenced Articles}} to your userpage, which will produce a box like the one at right.

List of active members

  1. Pjones235 mail me © talk 00:01, 20 November 2011 (UTC)
  2. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving (Should we have a userbox?)
  3. Jeepday (talk) 02:38, 17 May 2007 (UTC) I am ready! (yes to the userbox)
  4. PhilKnight 16:06, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
  5. E104421 12:19, 18 June 2007 (UTC) - Good idea!
  6. DGG (talk) 04:04, 17 July 2007 (UTC) I support all improvement projects--deletion is the last resort, not the first.
  7. Dabomb87 21:16, 4 August 2007 (UTC)
  8. Viriditas | Talk 02:00, 21 September 2007 (UTC)
  9. Pinkadelica 09:17, 23 October 2007 (UTC)
  10. --Esprit15d 21:23, 31 October 2007 (UTC)
  11. Lquilter Lquilter (talk) 14:14, 29 November 2007 (UTC) - excellent project idea. Very important.
  12. Ascidian 23:06, 4 March 2008 (UTC)
  13. BelovedFreak 23:59, 19 April 2008 (UTC)
  14. FCSundae (talk) 08:00, 5 May 2008 (UTC) - Going after unreferenced BLPs.
  15. Excirial (Talk,Contribs) 11:52, 30 May 2008 (UTC) I will be going after the oldest articles first, excluding bands and music records
  16. --THE FOUNDERS INTENT PRAISE 22:33, 3 July 2008 (UTC)
  17. Vejvančický I´m trying to improve mainly Czech unreferenced stubs.
  18. --Hut 8.5 13:34, 18 July 2008 (UTC)
  19. Whpq (talk) 20:09, 15 December 2008 (UTC)
  20. Bearian (talk) 18:30, 24 January 2009 (UTC)
  21. The New Mikemoraltalkcontribs 00:42, 5 February 2009 (UTC)
  22. Ricardiana (talk) 05:00, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
  23. HJMitchell You rang? 22:50, 28 April 2009 (UTC)- might as well add my name to the list! I do a lot of this stuff for other causes!
  24. Ernstblumberg (talk) 13:54, 8 May 2009 (UTC)
  25. Unionhawk Talk E-mail 04:09, 25 May 2009 (UTC)
  26. Esowteric (talk) 13:47, 2 June 2009 (UTC)
  27. Arthree (talk) 07:16, 3 June 2009 (UTC) - Might as well do something useful while at work...
  28. œ 00:09, 2 July 2009 (UTC)
  29. Nicosia1 (talk) 15:06, 21 July 2009 (UTC)
  30. Mattg82 (talk) 01:27, 23 December 2009 (UTC) - Happy to help with this project.
  31. Altamel (talk) 22:01, 24 December 2009 (UTC)
  32. leahtwosaints (talk) -biographies of musicians. I supply free image photos, add missing infoboxes as well as editing, and copyediting too. --Leahtwosaints (talk) 17:53, 28 March 2011 (UTC)
  33. Jezebel'sPonyoshhh 17:49, 27 January 2010 (UTC) I was already working through the list on my own, I might as well do it in good company!
  34. Nabil rais2008 (talk) 15:57, 10 February 2010 (UTC)
  35. RDBury (talk) 21:42, 13 February 2010 (UTC) - Specializing in math articles.
  36. Ice Mario!!! 01:00, 3 March 2010 (UTC)
  37. ManicSpider (talk) 04:25, 9 March 2010 (UTC) Starting at the oldest articles and working my way forward! ^_^
  38. N2e (talk) 20:59, 10 March 2010 (UTC) — improving Wikipedia to help ensure only verifiably sourced information has become my most important wikitask. Happy to join the team officially.
  39. alchemagenta 00:56, 25 May 2010 (UTC)
  40. Kmzundel (talk) 18:55, 26 May 2010 (UTC) I've been an unofficial member of this group for a while; good to be official!
  41.  --Joshua Scott (LiberalFascist) 21:46, 3 June 2010 (UTC) - Please also see WP:URBLP if you are interested in referencing BLPs.
  42. MelanieN (talk · contribs) I've been doing this for a while; thought I was the only one; good to know there's a bunch of us!
  43. Kithira (talk) 19:58, 21 June 2010 (UTC) Focusing on baseball-related citation work.
  44. Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| talk 20:42, 24 August 2010 (UTC) (whatever I see, also adding refs to my older articles)
  45. Avicennasis @ 04:07, 16 Elul 5770 / 26 August 2010 (UTC) I'll lend a hand - lots of work to be done! :)
  46. Accotink2 talk 16:03, 13 October 2010 (UTC) i will be randomly sweeping through Category:Articles lacking sources adding refs and banner, better than BLP's
  47. --occono (talk) 14:41, 1 November 2010 (UTC)
  48. GeorgeLouis (talk) 13:55, 6 November 2010 (UTC) Starting with the oldest.
  49. staticshakedown (talk), 15 December 2010 (UTC)
  50. Peaceray (talk), 18 January 2010 (UTC) Already active in adding References section, Template:Reflist, references & citations, & changing BLP unsourced to sources or refimprove since 15 December 2010 (UTC).
  51. Dicarmino (talk), 01 February 2011 (UTC)
  52. CaroleHenson(talk), 07 February 2011 (UTC)
  53. Chenoeh(talk), 17 March 2011 (UTC)
  54. Duanedonecker(talk) 07:23, 28 April 2011 (UTC)
  55. Bobherry 2:03, 22 May 2011 (UTC)
  56. Naska WinGoa
  57. Jenova20(talk) 13:26, 18 August 2011 (UTC)
  58. Angelikfire (talk) 18:57, 21 September 2011 (UTC)
  59. xiertheword
  60. Jobin
  61. NielsenGW (talk) I'm all in. My current focus is all the "<Year> in <Topic>" articles.
  62. RoyalMate1 20:54, 23 December 2011 (UTC)
  63. Kogge (talk) 10:10, 1 May 2012 (UTC) specially microorganisms (in the past user:Dodshe)
  64. kawaii♥bot (talk) 09:46, 2 June 2012 (UTC)
  65. Gobōnobo + c
  66. Used Edges II ( Speak To Me!)
  67. Gracetupelo (talk) 00:54, 28 June 2012 (UTC)
  68. [[User:Ikerus|Ikerus]
  69. Natasu
  70. Coal town guy
  71. Juristicweb
  72. 14GTR
  73. Ifly6 (talk) 02:59, 28 May 2013 (UTC)
  74. Ken Seh (talk) 16:20, 16 June 2013(UTC)
  75. kmccook (talk)
  76. GhunwI' (talk · contribs)
  77. Miss Bono [zootalk] 12:39, 21 August 2013 (UTC)
  78. McGowanlianna (talk) 11:42,27 August 2013 (UTC)
  79. Pageman (talk) 00:45,10 September 2013 (UTC)
  80. Sophus Bie (talk)
  81. Acather96 (talk) 18:45, 11 October 2013 (UTC)
  82. Geraldshields11 (talk) 15:46, 1 November 2013 (UTC)
  83. Abdulai, Mohammed Sadat: Masssly (talk) 14:57, 25 November 2013 (UTC)
  84. tcxspears (talk)
  85. Alynna Kasmira (talk · contribs)
  86. Rsrikanth05 (talk · contribs)
  87. Hazelbot (talk)07:49, 27 March 2014 (UTC)
  88. NorthAmerica1000 09:09, 31 March 2014 (UTC)
  89. Mr. Yondris Ferguson (talk) 10:59, 26 June 2014 (UTC)
  90. Whoisjohngalt (talk) 13:31, 15 September 2014 (UTC)
  91. DThomsen8 (talk) 01:27, 2 October 2014 (UTC)
  92. recdep (talk · contribs)
  93. AdrianGamer (talk · contribs)
  94. Prof. Squirrel (talk · contribs)
  95. !dea4u 12:37, 24 February 2015 (UTC)
  96. James E. Scholz (talk · contribs) 19 March 2015
  97. MamaHenJD (talk · contribs) 19 March 2015
  98. Amockens (talk · contribs) 7 April 2015
  99. TheEditor867 (talk) 03:50, 6 July 2015 (UTC) Been working on this for a while, didn't actually realize there was a project for it.
  100. Marcus1093 (talk) 10:55, 16 June 2015 (UTC)


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