Template:BLP sources/doc

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This template is intended to be placed at the top of articles about living persons that need additional references, and are therefore in need of immediate attention. If the article is not about a living or recently deceased subject, you may wish to use {{More citations needed}} instead.

Please add a date parameter. Adding a date parameter sorts the article into subcategories of Category:BLP articles lacking sources and out of the parent category, allowing the oldest problems to be identified and dealt with first.

Finally, if the article has a defaultsort, this is used for these categories as well. Otherwise, it is sorted on the first word (usually the first name).


  • date = December 2022 - required parameter, will be added by bot
  • reason = text - optional parameter which appends advisory text

The following parameter is obsolete: |suffix= (simply use the first unnamed parameter).


Paste-ready example: {{BLP sources|date=December 2022}}
Example with reason: {{BLP sources|date=December 2022|reason=}}

This template can be used with a "section" parameter to tag specific sections: {{BLP sources|section|date=December 2022}}


The following templates redirect here:

  • {{BLP+}}
  • {{BLP Improvereferences}}
  • {{BLP improvereferences}}
  • {{blp improvereferences}}
  • {{BLPImprovereferences}}
  • {{BLPimprovereferences}}
  • {{blpimprovereferences}}
  • {{BLPmoreref}}
  • {{BLP Refimprove}}
  • {{BLP refimprove}}
  • {{blp refimprove}}
  • {{BLPRefimprove}}
  • {{BLPrefimprove}}
  • {{blprefimprove}}
  • {{BLP Sources}}
  • {{blp sources}}
  • {{BLPSources}}
  • {{BLPsources}}
  • {{blpsources}}
  • {{BLP more sources}}
  • {{refimprove-BLP}}
  • {{BLP refimprove}}
  • {{BLP citations needed}}

Tracking categories

The template populates:


This is the TemplateData documentation for this template used by VisualEditor and other tools; see the monthly parameter usage report for this template.

TemplateData for BLP sources

<templatedata>{ "params": { "1": { "label": "Section", "description": "Add \"section\" if the tag applies to a particular section", "type": "string" }, "date": { "label": "Date", "description": "The month and year the template was added, in the form \"July 2013\"", "type": "string", "required": true, "autovalue": "{{SUBST:CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{SUBST:CURRENTYEAR}}", "example": "June 2016" }, "reason": { "label": "Reason", "description": "A reason for adding the tag", "type": "string" } } }</templatedata>

See also

  • {{BLP IMDb refimprove}} – for biographies of living persons (BLPs) that rely primarily or entirely on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) as a source
  • {{BLP unsourced}} – for biographies of living persons (BLPs) that do not include any references or sources
  • {{BLP more footnotes needed}} – for BLPs that include a list of sources or external links, but have insufficient inline citations
  • {{BLP no footnotes}} – for BLPs that include a list of sources or external links, but have no inline citations at all
  • {{BLP unverified}} – for stubbing inadequately referenced BLPs
  • {{BLP noticeboard}} – for BLP articles that are being discussed on the BLP noticeboard
  • {{Like resume}} – for biographical articles that promote the subject