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The {{"Citation needed}} template aims to promote "accountable discourse.

To ensure that all Wikipedia content is "verifiable, anyone may question an "uncited claim by inserting a simple {{"Citation needed}} tag, or by using a more comprehensive {{Citation needed|reason=Your explanation here|date=March 2017}} clause.

Example: 87% of statistics are made up on the spot.[citation needed]

Citation needed statements are part of Wikipedia's backlog of outstanding problems. Currently there are 317,319 articles with "Citation needed" statements. You can "help reduce the backlog!

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When and how to use this tag responsibly[edit]

A "citation needed" tag is never, in itself, an "improvement" to an article: it is nothing more or less than a request for another editor to "verify a statement: a form of communication between members of a collaborative editing team. For the user of the encyclopedia however it is at best a somewhat cryptic distraction; although it may alert an experienced user to a problem with the veracity of a particular statement. Tags that remain in place for months or years form an ever "growing Wikipedia backlog—this is a problem in itself.

When not to use this tag[edit]

Before adding a tag, at least consider the following alternatives, one of which may prove much more constructive:

If your work has been tagged[edit]

How to help reduce the backlog[edit]

At the moment, there are over 317,319 articles with "Citation needed" statements. You can browse the whole list of these articles at "Category:All articles with unsourced statements.

Frequently the authors of statements do not return to Wikipedia to support the statement with citations, so other Wikipedia editors have to do work checking those statements. With 317,319 statements that need "WP:Verification, sometimes it's hard to choose which article to work on. The tool Citation Hunt makes that easier by suggesting random articles, which you can sort by topical category membership.

I can help! Give me a random citation to find!

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