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  • Using this template on a page automatically adds the page to Category:Articles lacking sources. To display a sample of the template without adding the page to the category, use {{Unreferenced|categories=no}} .
  • This template is a self-reference.
  • This template is not useful for w:Wikipedia:Subst.
  • There is currently no policy about where to place this template; most on Wikipedia suggest either the bottom of the article page (in an empty "References" section), or on the article's talk page.
  • If the external links section includes a references section, this template should not be used. Use {{fact}} instead for specific quotes that need sources.


This template has one optional definable field, which permits the user to be specific in what needs to be cited. For instance, if the entire article needs to be sourced, a user would enter:


Should a user wish to be more specific on which section of the article needs to be sourced, then the user would enter in:

{{unreferenced|article's section called "Childhood"}}

Leaving the template undefined is acceptable, as it will print out the default text listed on this template page.

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