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Template:PlainCiteGeneral invokes Module:References using Lua.

This template is used to cite sources. It is specifically for web sites.

This template exactly like Template:CiteGeneral, with two exceptions. First, it is not a reference template in the sense that it does not create footnote-styled references. Instead, it creates the same text that {{CiteGeneral}} would as a non-reference. This is desirable if a certain page is the source of the majority of an article, as having the same reference at the end of every sentence. Second, it does not have the "name" parameter, as this only applies to footnote-style references.


Common form for cases where little is known about authorship of the page (with current date)

{{PlainCiteGeneral |url= |title= |accessdate=2020-09-20 |format= |work= }}

Using last, first (with current date)

{{PlainCiteGeneral |url= |title= |accessdate=2020-09-20 |last= |first= |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |year= |month= |format= |work= |publisher= |pages= |language= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote= }}

Using author (with current date)

{{PlainCiteGeneral |url= |title= |accessdate=2020-09-20 |author= |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |year= |month= |format= |work= |publisher= |pages= |language= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote= }}

All parameters
| url = 
| title = 
| accessdate = 
| author = 
| last = 
| first = 
| authorlink = 
| coauthors = 
| date = 
| year = 
| month = 
| format = 
| work = 
| publisher = 
| pages = 
| language = 
| archiveurl = 
| archivedate = 
| quote = 

Required parameters

  • url: URL of online item.
  • title: Title of online item.

Standard parameters

The following parameters are standard across all citation templates.


Optional. This parameter allows you to add text beginning one space after end end of the citation. Having no formatting (meaning you will have to format it yourself), this area can be used for anything you require.

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