Wikipedia:Citation needed

  • innovative application for the template in xkcd 285 (wikipedian protester)
    the {{citation needed}} template aims to promote accountable discourse.

    to ensure that all wikipedia content is verifiable, anyone may question an uncited claim. if your work has been tagged, please provide a reliable source for the statement, and discuss if needed.

    you can add a citation by selecting from the drop-down "cite" menu at the top of the editing box. in markup, you can add a citation manually using ref tags. there are also more elaborate ways to cite sources.

    in wiki markup, you can question an uncited claim by inserting a simple {{citation needed}} tag, or a more comprehensive {{citation needed|reason=your explanation here|date=april 2020}}. alternatively, {{fact}} and {{cn}} will produce the same result. these all display as:

    example: 87% of statistics are made up on the spot.[citation needed]

    "citation needed" statements are part of wikipedia's backlog of outstanding problems. currently there are 387,008 articles with "citation needed" statements.

    you can help reduce the backlog!
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Innovative application for the template in xkcd 285 (Wikipedian Protester)
The {{Citation needed}} template aims to promote accountable discourse.

To ensure that all Wikipedia content is verifiable, anyone may question an uncited claim. If your work has been tagged, please provide a reliable source for the statement, and discuss if needed.

You can add a citation by selecting from the drop-down "cite" menu at the top of the editing box. In markup, you can add a citation manually using ref tags. There are also more elaborate ways to cite sources.

In wiki markup, you can question an uncited claim by inserting a simple {{Citation needed}} tag, or a more comprehensive {{Citation needed|reason=Your explanation here|date=April 2020}}. Alternatively, {{fact}} and {{cn}} will produce the same result. These all display as:

Example: 87% of statistics are made up on the spot.[citation needed]

"Citation needed" statements are part of Wikipedia's backlog of outstanding problems. Currently there are 387,008 articles with "Citation needed" statements.