Help:Citation needed

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To ensure that all Wikipedia content is verifiable, anyone may question an uncited claim by inserting a [citation needed] flag (or a similar inline template).

Example: Earth is flat like a pancake.[citation needed]

To create the [citation needed] flag, insert any of the following:

  • {{citation needed}}
  • {{cn}}
  • {{fact}})

When you see this flag, please do the following:

  • Exercise caution when relying upon unsourced claims.
  • If you have reason to think that the claim is inaccurate, you may remove the claim altogether. Optionally, paste it into the article's talk page and explain your reasoning.
  • If you can locate a reliable source for the claim: Please be bold and replace the template with [1], replacing some footnote with enough information to locate the source. Leave the copyediting to someone else, or learn more about the subject at Wikipedia:Citing sources.
  • Controversial, poorly sourced claims in biographies of living persons should be deleted immediately.

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  1. some footnote