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Below are examples of how to use templates to cite books, journals, and websites.

  • For full description of the template — click the template name
  • Required field(s) are indicated in bold
  • Copy and paste the text under "common usage" to use the template.
  • Following each example is the resulting article text.


See Wikipedia:Citing sources#Tools for a list of tools which can help create some of the templates below.

source template
(required)
common usage Example 1
article text
Example 2
article text
book Template:Tl
title
{{cite book
  | last =
  | first =
  | authorlink =
  | coauthors =
  | title =
  | publisher =
  | date =
  | location =
  | pages =
  | url =
  | doi =
  | id =  
  | isbn = }}
{{cite book
  | last = Mumford
  | first = David
  | authorlink = David Mumford
  | title = The Red Book of V…
  | publisher = [[Springer]]
  | date = 1999
  | pages = 198-203
  | doi = 10.1007/b62130
  | isbn = 354063293X }}

Template:Cite book

{{cite book 
  | last = Cordell
  | first = Bruce R.
  | coauthors = Jeff Grubb, David Noonan
  | title = [[Manual of the Planes]]
  | publisher = [[Wizards of the Coast]]
  | date = 2001
  | pages = pp. 198-203
  | month = September
  | isbn = 0-7869-1850-8 }}

Template:Cite book


journal Template:Tl
Title
{{cite journal
  | last =
  | first =
  | authorlink =
  | coauthors =
  | title =
  | journal =
  | volume =
  | issue =
  | pages =
  | publisher =
  | location =
  | date =
  | url =
  | doi =
  | id =
  | accessdate =  }}
{{cite journal
  | authorlink = Stephen Brey…
  | title = Copyright: A Rejo…
  | journal = UCLA Law Review
  | volume = 20
  | pages = 75–83
  | date = October 1972}}

Template:Cite journal

{{cite journal
  | last = Bailey
  | first = David H.
  | authorlink = David H. Bailey
  | coauthors = [[Peter Borwein|Borwein…
  | title = The Quest for Pi
  | journal = Mathematical Intelligencer
  | volume = 19
  | issue = 1
  | pages = 50–57
  | publisher = Springer-Verlag
  | location = Berlin
  | date = [[1999-06-25]]
  | url = http://crd.lbl.gov/…-quest.pdf
  | format = [[PDF]]
  | issn = 0343-6993
  | accessdate = 2006-06-29 }}

Template:Cite journal

website Template:Tl
title
url
{{cite web
  | last =
  | first =
  | authorlink =
  | coauthors =
  | title =
  | work =
  | publisher =
  | date =
  | url =
  | format =
  | doi =
  | accessdate =  }}
{{cite web
  | last = Spiegel
  | first = Rachel
  | title = Research: Thalido…
  | url=http://science-educat…
  | accessdate = 2006-04-30 }}

Template:Cite web

{{cite web
  | last = Hansen
  | first = James E.
  | authorlink = James Hansen
  | coauthors = R. Ruedy, M. Sato, and …
  | title = GISS Surface Temperature An…
  | work =
  | publisher = [[Goddard Institute for…
  | date = [[2005-12-15]]
  | url = http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gis…
  | format =
  | doi =
  | accessdate = 2006-09-28 }}

Template:Cite web

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