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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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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.

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

{{citation needed span|text=Passage(s) to be sourced|date=May 2017}}

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=May 2017}} 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 May 2017. 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.

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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