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When to use

Add this template to the top of any page whose article subject is, in your judgment, reasonably likely to be non-notable (not the sort of subject that Wikipedia ought to have a separate article about). When an article is certainly, hopelessly non-notable, then you should nominate it for proposed deletion or take it to Articles for deletion instead.

Deletion is not clean up. Do not use this tag merely because the page requires significant work. Notability requires only that appropriate sources have been published about the subject. It does not require that any editor has already named these sources, followed the neutral, encyclopedic style, or otherwise written a good article.

Do not place this message on an article that has already survived a discussion at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion as "keep". This is not a badge of shame to show your disagreement with the AFD outcome.

How to use

Listed below are two examples of usage:

In the second example "Products" refers to products and services. The parameter can be changed to any of the options in the list below; for example: {{notability|academics|date=November 2023}}. Note: Insert the actual month and year that you place the template on the page. Do not use the automatic {{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{CURRENTYEAR}} templates.

This template will add the article to Category:All articles with topics of unclear notability and Category:Articles with topics of unclear notability from November 2023, both hidden categories.

Removing this tag

If you find an article that is tagged as having notability concerns, and you are certain that enough in-depth, independent sources have been published about the subject to overcome any notability issues, then you may remove this tag. It is highly desirable, but not technically required, for you to add a list of good sources to the article or its talk page, so that other editors will know about the existence of these sources.

The template must not be re-added. Please do not edit war over it. Questions of notability can be resolved through discussion or through Wikipedia:Articles for deletion. If the article exists within the scope of a specific WikiProject it may be beneficial to invite feedback from the group.


There is one positional parameter, and three named parameters:

  • |1= – a keyword, like 'academic' or 'sports', that may be used to link to a subject-specific Notability guideline (details below). Default: the generic guideline (WP:Notability).
  • |date= – month name and year; e.g. November 2023 (no default)
  • |find= – search keywords for {{find sources}} param 1 (double-quoted search); use |find=none to suppress the listing. Default: search with the page title as search value.
  • |find2= – search keywords for {{find sources}} param 2 (unquoted search). Alias: unquoted. See below for details.

Positional param 1 (specific guideline)

Providing no value for param 1 will link to the generic notability guidelines. An optional argument renders the message more specific. Specific options include:

Argument Specific guideline
Academics or Prof notability guideline for academics
Astro notability guideline for astronomical objects
Bio, Biography, or Biographies notability guideline for biographies
Book or Books notability guideline for books
Companies, Corp, Institutions,
Org, Organisations, or Organizations
notability guidelines for companies and organizations
Event or Events notability guideline for events
Film, Films, Movie, or Movies notability guideline for films
Geo, Geographic, Geography,
Place, or Places
notability guideline for geographic features
List or Lists notability guideline for stand-alone lists
Music notability guideline for music
Neologisms notability guideline for neologisms
Numbers notability guideline for numbers
Products notability guidelines for products and services
Sport or Sports notability guideline for sports and athletics
Television or TV notability guideline for television
Web notability guideline for web content

Otherwise the main general notability guideline article is referenced.


The |date= parameter is used to indicate when the template was added to a page. An example of its usage is {{Notability|date=November 2023}}. Adding this parameter sorts the article into monthly subcategories of Category:Articles with topics of unclear notability (or of subcategories based on positional param 1), rather than adding it to the category itself, allowing the oldest problems to be identified and dealt with first. Passing this parameter also enables monthly cleanup categorization. If the date parameter is omitted, a bot will add it later.


There are two 'find' parameters available to control the presentation and operation of the {{find sources}} links optionally displayed by the {{Notability}} template. By default, the template displays {{find sources}} with a quoted search query equivalent to the exact article title. Sometimes, especially if the article has a long, descriptive title, or if it includes parenthetical disambiguation terms, this may not give useful results. The find parameters can be used to provide the search keywords of your choice to the {{find sources}} links. Use:

  • |find= to specify keywords for an exact search (double-quoted query); this corresponds to {{find sources}} positional param |1.
  • |find2= to specify keywords for an unquoted search; this corresponds to {{find sources}} param |2. The alias |unquoted= may be used instead.

The value "none" may be passed to 'find' (|find=none) to suppress display of find sources links. (Note that specifying |find=none and a nonempty value for |find2= is not a valid combination.)

Template data

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TemplateData for Notability

This template adds notice that the article may not meet a notability guideline, either in general or one in particular.

Template parameters

This template prefers inline formatting of parameters.


An identifier for an applicable notability guideline: Academics, Prof, Astro, Bio, Biography, Biographies, Book, Books, Companies, Corp, Institutions, Org, Organisations, Organizations, Event, Events, Film, Films, Movie, Movies, Geo, Geographic, Geography, Place, Places, List, Lists, Music, Neologisms, Numbers, Products, Sport, Sports, or Web

Suggested values
Academics Prof Astro Bio Biography Biographies Book Books Companies Corp Institutions Org Organisations Organizations Event Events Film Films Movie Movies Geo Geographic Geography Place Places List Lists Music Neologisms Numbers Products Sport Sports Web
Month and yeardate

The month and year that this notability concern was placed

Auto value
Find sources keywordsfind

Search string for 'find sources' template. May be one or more words. Set to value 'none' to suppress 'find sources' output.

Your keyword list
Auto value
empty string
Unquoted search keywordsfind2 unquoted

Unquoted search keywords for 'find sources' template. May be one or more words. Set to value 'none' to suppress 'find sources' output.

More keywords
Auto value
empty string

See also

Tracking categories