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This is a documentation subpage for Template:Refimprove.
It contains usage information, categories and other content that is not part of the original template page.
To view the template page itself, see Template:Refimprove.

This template indicates that the article needs additional references. There is currently no consensus on where to place this template, but it is suggested that the template be placed in the references section at the bottom of the article. Many editors understand this template to be redundant when it is used on articles clearly marked as stubs.

The first un-named parameter will replace the words "section or article" in the template, and need not be used.

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.

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. A WP:BOT will add this parameter if it is omitted.

Listed below are three options for usage.


{{refimprove|date=May 2021}}

{{refimprove|talk=y|date=May 2021}}

Differences with related templates

General advantages

  • Refimprove is easy to use.

Differences with {{Primarysources}} and {{Unreferenced}}

  • Refimprove uses simple, general wording so that the template can be used any time referencing in an article needs improvement.
  • There is also a {{Refimprove|section}} and the normal variations.

Differences with {{Citation style}}

  • This template is intended for use in articles that need additional references. In case enough references appear to be present but the style of citation needs to improve, for example if it's not immediately clear which references back which facts, please don't use this template, but use {{Citation style}} instead.

Differences with {{fact}}

  • Refimprove works for general and inline references whereas {{fact}} is used for specific controversial statements requiring referencing.
  • Unlike {{fact}}, Refimprove places a very conspicuous banner on the article.

Differences with {{nofootnotes}}, {{somefootnotes}}

  • Refimprove can be used when there is not an "external links" or "further reading" section in the article.
  • Nofootnotes and Somefootnotes, when used in conjunction with an "external links" or "further reading" section, give clearer instructions on what can be done to improve the referencing of the article.



  1. {{Ri}}
  2. {{RI}}
  3. {{Additional}}
  4. {{Cite sources}}
  5. {{Cleanup-cite}}
  6. {{Cleanup-verify}}
  7. {{Cleanup cite}}
  8. {{DisputeCheck}}
  9. {{Fact-check}}
  10. {{Fact check}}
  11. {{Factual}}
  12. {{Few references}}
  13. {{Fewreferences}}
  14. {{Improve-references}}
  15. {{Improve-refs}}
  16. {{Improve references}}
  17. {{Improve refs}}
  18. {{Improvereferences}}
  19. {{Improverefs}}
  20. {{More references}}
  21. {{More sources}}
  22. {{Moreref}}
  23. {{Morereferences}}
  24. {{Morerefs}}
  25. {{Moresources}}
  26. {{Not verified}}
  27. {{Notverified}}
  28. {{Ref-improve}}
  29. {{Ref improve}}
  30. {{Reference-improve}}
  31. {{Sources}}
  32. {{Unreliable}}
  33. {{Verification}}
  34. {{Verify}}

See also