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Template:Citation needed span

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.[citation needed]

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Do not substitute this template.

The {{citation needed span}} template may be used when there is unsourced text that should be attributed to a reference citation. Unlike the template {{citation needed}}, this template attaches explicitly to a portion of text, for example one or more specific sentences, by surrounding the text with the template. This is especially useful for flagging a block of multiple facts or multiple sentences as needing citation, and for singling out a specific fact that is unsourced among many sourced ones.

Avoid use for multiple paragraphs or around a list without closing and opening each template around each paragraph or list item. This kind of use causes linting errors and may disrupt the page display. An alternative with multiple paragraphs is {{unreferenced|section}} or {{more citations needed|section}}.

Once a citation is added, please remove this template from the surrounded text.

{{citation needed span|text=Passage(s) to be sourced|date=June 2018}}

The date is optional, so the minimal syntax is:

{{citation needed span|text=Passage(s) to be sourced}}

Example of usage:

Sourced material. {{citation needed span|text=Passage to be sourced. Another passage to be sourced.|date=June 2018}} More sourced material.
Sourced material. Passage to be sourced. Another passage to be sourced.[citation needed] More sourced material.

Compare usage of {{Citation needed}}:

Sourced material. Passage to be sourced.{{Citation needed}} Another passage to be sourced.{{Citation needed}} More sourced material.
Sourced material. Passage to be sourced.[citation needed] Another passage to be sourced.[citation needed] More sourced material.


There are three parameters to the template:

The text needing attribution.
The date in the form June 2018. If omitted, a bot will add it within a day or so.
Reason for the citation request. If omitted, "This claim needs references to reliable sources" will be used. This text is shown as a tooltip.


This is the TemplateData documentation for this template used by VisualEditor and other tools; see the monthly error report for this template.

TemplateData for Citation needed span

Marks a specific piece of text as needing a citation.

Template parameters

Parameter Description Type Status
Text text1

The text needing a citation

Auto value
Content required
Date date

Month and year the tag was added

June 2015
Auto value
String suggested
Reason reason

Reason the text needs a citation; shown in a tooltip

This claim needs references to reliable sources
Auto value
String suggested

Categorization of articles

Adding this template to an article places the article into Category:All articles with unsourced statements, Category:Articles with unsourced statements, and/or dated subcategories thereof.

See also