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This template is used in articles to identify articles that name sources, but that are biased because every source named has a very close connection to the subject, such as the manufacturer of a product. This template can be used for any closely affiliated source, even if the source is not self-published.


Place this template on the page by pasting {{Third-party|date=October 2023}} at the top.

For sections, use {{Third-party|section}}

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

When not to use this template

Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced should be removed immediately. Do not tag it—remove it. For more information, see the section on poorly sourced contentious material in the Biography of Living Persons policy.

Material which is doubtful and harmful may be removed immediately, rather than tagged. See Unsourced material.

If no reference is given, use the {{citation needed}} tag instead.

If you have the time and ability to find a better reference, please do so. Then correct the citation yourself, or correct the article text. After all, the ultimate goal is not to merely identify problems, but to fix them.


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See also

Use this tag to alert editors that the article may be biased by overuse of sources with a close connection to the subject

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Template parameters

This template prefers inline formatting of parameters.

Type (section)1

Something to replace the word "article", normally "section".


A specific source in dispute

Month and yeardate

no description

Provides the month and year this was tagged; e.g., 'January 2018', but not 'jan18'