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Template:Template doc page viewed directly The simplest way to add this template to an article is to copy and paste one of the following at the top of the article:

This causes the template to display "This section relies largely or entirely upon a single source."
This causes the template to display "This article relies largely or entirely upon a single source."
  • Greater precision is possible with: {{onesource|text=provide a caption here|date=December 2017}}
This causes the template to display the caption specified with the text= parameter.

This template will categorise tagged articles into Category:Articles lacking reliable references or a monthly category like Category:Articles lacking reliable references from December 2017, if a date is supplied.

  • This template is a self-reference.
  • Please do not subst: this template.
  • There is currently no consensus as to where on the article to place templates such as this.

Usage[edit source]

This template alerts readers that an article or section may be based largely or entirely on a single source. Examples include articles with only one citation or one listing under references.

When using this template the text should have:

  • Citation in footnote, Harvard referencing, or some other standard format.
  • One key citation that an editor can verify.

Please try to improve the article or make a good faith attempt to find additional citations before adding this template, and discuss the matter on the talk page. If the one citation is problematic consider using Template:Tl instead.

Articles that merely lack references or have POV problems should be flagged with some other template, such as Template:Tl or Template:Tl

Note that some sections based on a single source may not be a problem, so no tag is necessary. For an example see this section.

Technical details[edit source]

This template has two optional fields.

The first permits the user to specify what needs to be cited. For instance, if the entire article needs to be cited, a user would enter Template:Tlx; but should the user wish to be more specific on which section of the article needs to be cited, then the user could enter Template:Tlx. Leaving the parameter undefined is acceptable, as it will print out the default text "article or section."

The second field is a date parameter, entered as "date=month year". Adding this sorts the article into subcategories of Category:Articles lacking sources, allowing the oldest problems to be identified and dealt with first. If the date parameter is omitted, a bot will add it later.

Note that order does not matter with respect to the above optional parameters. Both Template:Tlx and Template:Tlx will produce the same result.

Redirects[edit source]

  1. Template:Tl
  2. Template:Tl
  3. Template:Tl

See also[edit source]