Template:Refimprove

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Usage[edit source]

When to use[edit source]

This template indicates that the article needs additional inline citations. This template should be used only for articles where there are some, but insufficient, inline citations to support the material currently in the article. Don't use this tag for articles that contain no unreferenced material, even if all the material is supported by a single citation.

Some editors understand this template to be redundant when it is used on articles clearly marked as stubs.

For articles that have no inline citations at all, but contain some sources, use Template:No footnotes. Only use Template:Unreferenced for articles that have no references at all.

  • Please consider marking individual unreferenced statements with {{Citation needed}} instead of placing this template.

How to use[edit source]

Listed below are four examples of usage:

{{Refimprove}}
{{Refimprove|date=January 2021}}
{{Refimprove|section}}
{{Refimprove|section|{{subst:DATE}}|talk=Anchor}}


Maintenance templates such as this one ought be placed after hatnotes, at the start of the article.

A |talk= parameter is allowed; setting this to any value will result in the message "See talk page for details." being included in the tag. If the value is a valid anchor on the talk page (e.g., the title of a section or subsection heading), then the talk page link will go directly to that anchor; if not, to the top of the page.

This template also includes support for using the |date= parameter. Adding this parameter sorts the article into subcategories of Category:Articles needing additional references and out of the parent category, allowing the oldest problems to be identified and dealt with first. Be careful not to abbreviate the date, because then it will automatically add a redlinked category instead of the correct category. The simplest way to use this parameter manually is {{Refimprove|{{subst:DATE}}}} but it can be done more explicitly as {{Refimprove|date=January 2021}} (both result in the same output). Do not use {{Refimprove|date={{subst:DATE}}}}: {{subst:DATE}} includes the leading date=.

This template adds the article to Category:Articles needing additional references from January 2021, and Category:All articles needing additional references, both hidden categories.

Template data[edit source]

This is the TemplateData documentation for this template used by VisualEditor and other tools.

Refimprove

This template generates a tag to indicate that the article needs additional inline citations.

Template parameters

ParameterDescriptionTypeStatus
Type (typically section)1

Something to replace "article" in the template, typically "section"

Stringoptional
Datedate

The month and year that the need for citations is identified, such as 'June 2013'; may use '{{subst:DATE}}' template instead

Auto value
{{subst:CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{subst:CURRENTYEAR}}
Stringsuggested
Talktalk

Any value (such as 'y') will result in the addition of 'See talk page for details.' to the tag

Stringoptional