Template:Citation style

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When to use

This template should be used only on articles that have sources.

It may be used with {{Refimprove}} or other check references templates. This template should not be used with stubs.

The most common correct use of this template is to identify an article that uses more than one major citation style (e.g., half the citations use ref tags, and half are parenthetical citations).

Do not place this template on articles containing all parenthetical citations, a previously acceptable citation style that is now deprecated per WP:PARREF.

Wikipedia's guidelines generally prohibit editors from changing from one acceptable form of inline citations to another without consensus, especially for reasons of personal preference or to make one article match the style in another article.

This template may be removed by anyone who fixes the problems with confusing citation styles.

How to use

To use this template, place {{Citation style|date=October 2021}} on the article page or talk page in a location that may aid in conveying the message of the template. This template may be used within {{Multiple issues}} and placement of this template on the article page is guided by Template messages/Cleanup. The following parameters may be specified for this template:

  • |date= should preferably be used to categorize the article in a subcategory of Category:Wikipedia references cleanup. This helps with addressing aged cleanup messages. (e.g., {{Citation style|date=October 2021}}.)
  • |details= may be used to provide more details on some of the aspects that should be addressed for the given article. (e.g., {{Citation style|date=October 2021|details=In particular, citation titles should be specified}})
  • | A first unnamed parameter may be used to specify whether the template applies to the entire article or a section of the article (e.g., {{Citation style|section|date=October 2021}}. If not specified, the first unnamed parameter defaults to "article."

Operation

This template will categorise tagged articles into Category:Wikipedia references cleanup and Category:Articles covered by WikiProject Wikify.

This template is a self-reference.

This template should not be substituted.

TemplateData

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TemplateData for Citation style

Use this cleanup template to indicate that an article has an unclear citation style.

Template parameters

This template prefers inline formatting of parameters.

ParameterDescriptionTypeStatus
Month and yeardate

The month and year that the template was placed (in full). "{{subst:CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{subst:CURRENTYEAR}}" inserts the current month and year automatically.

Example
January 2013
Auto value
{{subst:CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{subst:CURRENTYEAR}}
Linesuggested
Reasonreason details

The reason why the article has an unclear citation style

Example
it uses multiple citation styles
Stringoptional
Affected area1

Text to replace the word "article", usually "section"

Example
section
Auto value
section
Stringoptional
Make template smallsmall

Enter "left" here to make the template box small and aligned to the left.

Example
left
Auto value
left
Lineoptional

Tracking categories

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See also