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This template can be used in a dictionary entry to provide a quotation from a webpage. Do not use the template for online versions of books or journal articles (including magazines and newspapers) – use {{quote-book}} or {{quote-journal}} instead.

For citations in reference sections and on talk pages, use {{cite-web}}.

Sample templates[edit]

Most commonly used parameters
#* {{quote-web|author=|authorlink=|title=|work=|url=|archiveurl=|archivedate=|location=|publisher=|date=|accessdate=|passage=}}
All available parameters
#* {{quote-web|author=|authorlink=|first=|last=|coauthors=|quotee=|title=|work=|url=|archiveurl=|archivedate=|format=|language=|location=|publisher=|month=|year=|date=|accessdate=|page=|pages=|pageurl=|section=|passage=|translation=|transliteration=}}

Certain basic parameters can be used in the template without any named parameters, as follows:

#* {{quote-web|[date]|[author]|[title]|[work]|[url]|[passage]}}

This will not work if any of the parameters contains an equals ("=") sign. The value of any parameter containing an equals sign must be surrounded by <nowiki> tags, like this: "<nowiki>http://foo.com?id=bar</nowiki>". Alternatively, use a named parameter like url.


All parameters are optional except those marked "Mandatory", and may contain inline interwiki or external links as needed.

Parameter Remarks
first and last
The name of the author of the webpage quoted. Use either first (for the first name, and middle names or initials) and last, or author, not both.
authorlink The name of an English Wikipedia article about the author, which will be linked to the name(s) specified using author, or first and last. Do not add the prefix ":en:" or "w:". (Alternatively, link each person's name directly, like this: "author=[[w:Kathleen Taylor (biologist)|Kathleen Taylor]]" or "author={{w|Samuel Johnson}}".)
coauthors The names of the coauthor(s) of the webpage. Separate multiple names with semicolons.
quotee The name of the person being quoted, if the whole passage quoted is a quotation of someone other than the author.
title Mandatory: the title of the webpage.
url The URL or web address of the webpage. Do not link to any webpage that has content in breach of copyright.
archiveurl and archivedate
Use archiveurl and archivedate (which must be used together) to indicate the URL or web address of a webpage on a website such as the Internet Archive or Perma.cc at which the webpage has been archived, and the date on which the webpage was archived.

Alternatively, if the webpage cannot be archived, use accessdate to indicate when its URL was accessed. (If the webpage has been archived, it is unnecessary to use this parameter.)

format The format of the webpage, for example, "blog".
language The language in which the webpage is written. (If the webpage is written in English, it is unnecessary to use this parameter.)
work The name of the website containing the webpage. In addition to work, blog or site can also be used.
location The location(s) where the website was published. If more than one location is stated, separate the locations with semicolons, like this: "London; New York, N.Y.".
publisher The name of one or more publishers of the website. If more than one publisher is stated, separate the names with semicolons.
year (and month)
The date, or year (and month), that the webpage was published. Use either date, or year (and month), not both.

If no year or date is specified, the template first tries to use accessdate if this has been stated. If not, it displays the message "(Can we date this quote?)". The message can be suppressed using "nodate=yes", but rather than do so it is recommended that you use year to try and provide a date or approximate date, for example, "c. 2010–2011" or "After 2005".

The page number or range of page numbers of a document on the website. Use page to indicate a single page, and pages to indicate a range of pages. For example, "pages=1–2" will display "pages 1–2". Use an en dash to separate the page numbers in the range.
pageurl The URL or web address of a specific page or pages of a document on the website. The page number(s) will be linked to this webpage.
section Use this parameter to identify a page or other portion of a website that does not have page numbers.
passage The portion of the website being quoted. Highlight the term defined in bold in the passage quoted like this: "'''cyberspace'''".
translation If the passage quoted is not in English, this parameter can be used to provide an English translation of it.
transliteration If the passage quoted uses a different writing system from the Latin alphabet (the usual alphabet used in English), this parameter can be used to provide a transliteration of it into the Latin alphabet.
indent Instead of using wikitext outside the quotation template to indent it (for example, "#* {{quote-web|..."), you can use this parameter to specify the indent inside the template (for example, "{{quote-web|indent=#*|...")

Technical information[edit]

This template relies on {{quote-meta}}.

See also[edit]

  • {{cite-web}} – for citations in reference sections and on talk pages