Template:Primary source inline

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[non-primary source needed]

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How to use[change source]

This template is used in articles to identify sentences or short passages which have an inline citation but improperly reference a primary source.

Adding {{Primary source inline|date=September 2021}} produces a superscripted notation like the following, usually placed immediately after the citation to the primary source:

Most people believe in ghosts.[1][non-primary source needed]

You can also include a |reason= note, which displays as a tooltip upon mouse hover, to leave a better record for future editors. For example, the following usage might be appropriate in response to the arguable claim that "Most people believe in ghosts":

{{Primary source inline|reason=Citation of the results of a survey on the Ghostbusters company website|date=September 2021}}

Adding this template to an article places the article into one of a family of categories identifying "Articles with unsourced statements". To find all such articles, see Category:All articles with unsourced statements.

When to use[change source]

Use this template to "tag" information or analysis that you believe is improperly or unnecessarily supported by a primary source, so that other editors can see whether this use is appropriate and/or replace it with a citation to a stronger source. Primary sources may be used on Wikipedia, but they need to be handled with care.

"Primary source" does not mean that the author is too close to the subject. As a general rule, primary sources include all scientific journal articles about experiments, "eyewitness" newspaper stories, and historical documents. If you are looking for an independent, third-party source, use {{third party inline}} instead.

When not to use this template[change source]

Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced should be removed immediately. Do not tag it: delete it.