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This template is used to cite sources in Wikipedia. It is specifically for news sources.


All fields must be lowercase.

Copy a blank version to use. Remember to use the "|" (pipe) character between each field. Please delete any unused fields to avoid clutter in the edit window.

Full version (copy and paste text below and delete parameters you don't need)
{{cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |author= |coauthors= |title= |url= |format= |work= |publisher= |id= |pages= |page= |date= |accessdate= |language= |quote= }}
Most commonly used fields (or you can use this and not have to delete as much)
(This assumes English, HTML format, with today as access date)
{{cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |coauthors= |title= |url= |work= |publisher= |date= |accessdate=2021-04-14 }}
All parameters, vertical format
{{cite news 
 | first = 
 | last = 
 | authorlink = 
 | author = 
 | coauthors = 
 | title = 
 | url = 
 | format = 
 | work = 
 | publisher = 
 | id = 
 | pages = 
 | page = 
 | date = 
 | accessdate = 
 | language = 
 | quote = 
  • title is required, rest is optional. Note that title must be on one line in order for the hyperlink to display properly.
  • author: Author.
    • last works with first to produce last, first
    • authorlink works either with author or with last & first to link to the appropriate Wikipedia article. Does not work with URLs.
    • coauthors: Allows additional authors.
  • url: Link to the news item if available online.
    • format: Format, i.e. PDF. Don't specify for HTML (implied as default).
      Specify as 'fee required' if free access is no longer available.
      Specify as 'Reprint' if you use a full original version but not hosted by the original publisher.
  • work: Such as a column, sub part of issue, multi-part work.
  • publisher: Usually the news source.
  • id: Identifier such as {{ISSN|0028-0836}} — remember, if you use this parameter, you must specify the kind of identifier, not just give a number.
  • date: Date of publication. ISO 8601 YYYY-MM-DD format recommended. If the whole date is known it should be wikilinked to enable date user preferences.
  • page or pages: The page(s) on which the article is found. page inserts the abbreviation "p." before the number; pages inserts "pp." Use only one of these parameters. If numbers are entered for both, pages overrides page.
  • accessdate: Date when item was accessed. Use ISO 8601 YYYY-MM-DD format. Do not wikilink the date.
  • language: The language in which the source is written.
  • quote: Relevant quote.


  • {{cite news | first=John | last=Doe | title=News | url=http://www.url.com/ | work=Encyclopedia of Things | publisher=News co. | pages= 37–39 | date=[[2005-11-21]] | id={{ISSN|0028-0836}} | accessdate=2005-12-11}}
    Doe, John (2005-11-21). "News". Encyclopedia of Things (News co.): pp. 37–39. ISSN 0028-0836. Retrieved 2005-12-11. 
  • {{cite news | author=Staff writer | title=News | url=http://www.url.com/News.pdf | format=PDF | publisher=News co. | pages= 37–39 | date=[[2005-11-21]] | accessdate=2005-12-11}}
    Staff writer (2005-11-21). "News" (PDF). News co.. pp. 37–39. Retrieved 2005-12-11. 
  • {{cite news | first=John | last=Doe | authorlink=John Doe | title=News | url=http://www.url.com/background | format=Reprint | publisher=News co. | date=[[2005-11-21]] | accessdate=2005-12-11}}
    Doe, John (2005-11-21). "News" (Reprint). News co.. Retrieved 2005-12-11. 
  • {{cite news | title=News | url=http://www.url.com/Archive/News | format=Fee required | publisher=News co. | date=[[2005-11-21]] | accessdate=2005-12-11}}
    "News" (Fee required). News co.. 2005-11-21. Retrieved 2005-12-11. 
  • {{cite news | first=John | last=Doe | title=FooBar | page=1}}
    Doe, John. "FooBar". p. 1. 
  • {{cite news | title=FooBar | page=1 }}
    "FooBar". p. 1. 

See also

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