Wikipedia:WikiProject Unreferenced articles/Backlog drives/February 2024

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Welcome to WikiProject Unreferenced Articles's February 2024 backlog drive! The referencing portion began on February 1 and ran until March 1, 23:59 UTC. At the start of the drive, there were 111,643 articles tagged as entirely without references on Wikipedia. At the end of the drive, there were 97,343, a net decrease of 14,300 articles.

There is a very simple way to improve Wikipedia: add at least one inline citation of a reliable source to any article tagged as lacking sources. Fewer unsourced articles means the quality of Wikipedia as a whole increases, accurate information becomes more reliable and transparent, and inaccurate information can be removed. (§ Detailed instructions).

To get through this backlog, which dates back to 2008, we need a lot of people to help with this monumental task. So leave your dent on the backlog today!

1 point was awarded for sourcing. Mass deletion or tag removals were strictly prohibited, and were subjected to disqualification.

If you need tips or guides, you can take a look at § Tips, the helpful guide at WP:CITE, or ask at the WikiProject's talk page. The drive began on February 1 and ran until March 1. To encourage additional reviews, the drive was extended for one week (March 1-8) as an additional review period. Only reviews were counted during this period.

Rules[edit]

  1. 1 point for adding at least one inline citation from a reliable source to an unreferenced article, usually tagged with {{Unreferenced}} or {{BLP unsourced}}.
    • No points for simply listing references in a section.
    • To keep this drive focused, no points for adding additional citations to one article, though editors are encouraged to do so whenever possible.
    • Primary sources are permitted so long as they are only used to make straightforward, descriptive statements of facts. Please see WP:PRIMARY.
  2. 0.5 points for reviewing submissions of the drive. See more at /Reviews.
    • The point is less because reviewing submissions is easier than finding reliable sources. Nevertheless, reviewers have an extremely important job of verifying submissions and require a high level of trust.
  3. No points for deleting an article via AfD, PROD or blank and redirect.
    • Per this discussion, encouraging these actions would cause more heat than light and does not belong to the focus of the drive.
  4. All citing contributions without [[WP:FEB24]] in the edit summary will not be counted.
    • If making multiple edits to an article, include FEB24 in only one edit summary.
    • If the editor forgets to put that summary, they may add it retroactively using a dummy edit.
  5. Problematic behaviors are grounds towards disqualification and blocks. Examples are:

Detailed instructions[edit]

Find an article in Category:Articles lacking sources (Credits to User:Ajpolino and User:Ipigott).

Then, find a reliable source. Look for reliable sources, see §§ Some tricks​ and Determining what sources are usable for tips.

If at least one reliable source is found:

  • Cite it inline.
    • Please add all the needed author, title and date metadata (see WP:CITE).
    • For recent books, ISBN and page numbers are strongly recommended.
    • The inline citation should go after the period without a space, not before it:
  • Add {{reflist}} and ==References== if none are present (see MOS:ORDER).
  • Remove {{Unreferenced}} or {{BLP unsourced}} when you are finished adding citations.
  • (recommended) Add {{More citations needed}} to large parts of the article or add {{cn}} to short chunks of text.
  • Add an edit summary including: [[WP:FEB24]]

If no reliable source can found with the best of your effort, according to WP:BEFORE, there are a few options:

Progress[edit]

Goal: Bring the backlog down to below 100,000. Achieved on February 22! At the end of the drive there were 97,343 articles left, which means that since the start of the drive we have removed unreferenced tags from 14,300 articles.

Progress Chart
Date Participants Articles
  • Change since
  • previous day
  • Change since
  • beginning
1 February 2024 241 111,643
2 February 2024 254 110,859 Positive decrease 784 Positive decrease 784
3 February 2024 261 109,820 Positive decrease 1039 Positive decrease 1823
4 February 2024 268 109,147 Positive decrease 673 Positive decrease 2496
5 February 2024 271 108,439 Positive decrease 708 Positive decrease 3204
6 February 2024 274 107,808 Positive decrease 631 Positive decrease 3835
7 February 2024 274 107,189 Positive decrease 619 Positive decrease 4454
8 February 2024 278 106,446 Positive decrease 743 Positive decrease 5197
9 February 2024 278 105,743 Positive decrease 703 Positive decrease 5900
10 February 2024 279 105,305 Positive decrease 438 Positive decrease 6338
11 February 2024 281 104,847 Positive decrease 458 Positive decrease 6796
12 February 2024 282 104,342 Positive decrease 505 Positive decrease 7301
13 February 2024 284 103,956 Positive decrease 386 Positive decrease 7687
14 February 2024 284 103,494 Positive decrease 462 Positive decrease 8149
15 February 2024 284 103,056 Positive decrease 438 Positive decrease 8587
16 February 2024 286 102,715 Positive decrease 341 Positive decrease 8928
17 February 2024 288 102,169 Positive decrease 546 Positive decrease 9474
18 February 2024 288 101,749 Positive decrease 420 Positive decrease 9894
19 February 2024 288 101,415 Positive decrease 334 Positive decrease 10228
20 February 2024 288 101,127 Positive decrease 288 Positive decrease 10516
21 February 2024 288 100,819 Positive decrease 308 Positive decrease 10824
22 February 2024 288 100,348 Positive decrease 471 Positive decrease 11295
23 February 2024 290 99,975 Positive decrease 373 Positive decrease 11668
24 February 2024 290 99,645 Positive decrease 330 Positive decrease 11998
25 February 2024 291 99,408 Positive decrease 237 Positive decrease 12235
26 February 2024 290 99,065 Positive decrease 343 Positive decrease 12578
27 February 2024 290 98,792 Positive decrease 273 Positive decrease 12851
28 February 2024 291 98,413 Positive decrease 379 Positive decrease 13230
29 February 2024 292 97,845 Positive decrease 568 Positive decrease 13798
1 March 2024 292 97,343 Positive decrease 502 Positive decrease 14300

Milestones[edit]

  • 1,000 articles reached – February 2, 2024.
  • 2,000 articles reached – February 3, 2024.
  • 3,000 articles reached – February 4, 2024.
  • 4,000 articles reached – February 6, 2024.
  • 5,000 articles reached – February 7, 2024.
  • 6,000 articles reached – February 9, 2024.
  • 7,000 articles reached – February 11, 2024.
  • 8,000 articles reached – February 13, 2024.
  • 9,000 articles reached – February 16, 2024.
  • 10,000 articles reached – February 18, 2024.
  • 11,000 articles reached – February 21, 2024.
  • Goal reached – February 22, 2024.
  • 12,000 articles reached – February 24, 2024.
  • 13,000 articles reached – February 27, 2024.
  • 14,000 articles reached – February 29, 2024.

Oldest backlogs[edit]

Cleared backlogs

Category:Articles lacking sources from December 2007‎ (Category does not exist or has been deleted due to completion of task.)
Started at 1 February 2024 with 4 articles. 0 left.

4 / 4 (100%)

Category:Articles lacking sources from January 2008 (Category does not exist or has been deleted due to completion of task.)
Started at 1 February 2024 with 302 articles. 0 left.

302 / 302 (100%)

Category:Articles lacking sources from February 2008 (Category does not exist or has been deleted due to completion of task.)
Started at 1 February 2024 with 261 articles. 0 left.

261 / 261 (100%)

Category:Articles lacking sources from March 2008 (Category does not exist or has been deleted due to completion of task.)
Started at 1 February 2024 with 426 articles. 0 left.

426 / 426 (100%)

Category:Articles lacking sources from April 2008 (Category does not exist or has been deleted due to completion of task.)
Started at 1 February 2024 with 337 articles. 0 left.

337 / 337 (100%)

Category:Articles lacking sources from May 2008 (Category does not exist or has been deleted due to completion of task.)
Started at 1 February 2024 with 283 articles. 0 left.

283 / 283 (100%)

Category:Articles lacking sources from June 2008
Started at 10 February 2024 with 355 articles. 61 left.

294 / 355 (83%)

Category:Articles lacking sources from July 2008
Started at 17 February 2024 with 241 articles. 137 left.

104 / 241 (43%)

Leaderboard[edit]

Last updated March 08, 12:01 UTC.

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Reviews[edit]

All participants with experience in citing sources were encouraged to perform reviews. Reviewers were awarded 0.5 points for each review. A tool was available to locate unreviewed submissions and simplify wikitext formatting.

Tips[edit]

Determining what sources are usable[edit]

Even though we are just citing one source to the article, that source must be chosen carefully. That source needs to:

This is a lot to take in. And worse, sometimes you couldn't find such a source! It can be very hard to determine whether you should go forward to cite the article or ask for its deletion, even for experienced WikiGnomers, and sometimes you have to follow through with your gut feelings.

Generally speaking for English languages sources, citing Wikipedia:WikiProject Unreferenced articles/Resources or Wikipedia:Reliable sources/Perennial sources or peer-reviewed textbooks (for math and science articles) is enough to do satisfy all four of these criteria. However, other books and most reliable non-English sources are not present in these lists. In that case, you need to determine all four of these criteria yourself. It's probably easier to give examples of common not suitable sources:

Some tricks[edit]

Searching sources

  • Use "" (double quotes) to search for the term exactly. This means that "pinnochio" will only show up articles with words matched with "pinnochio", not pinocchio (although some websites will disregard this and show the wrong search term anyway).
  • Some articles, especially for more general topics, might have sources available with slightly different wording -- "basketweaving" vs "basket weaving," "basket weaver," etc.
  • Search inside millions of old and new books at Google Books and Archive.org - for the archive, go to https://archive.org/search then click the search bar, then click "search text contents" radio button, it will search over 10 million books.
  • Access to some paywalled content, including Newspapers.com and ProQuest, is provided to editors via The Wikipedia Library.
  • For Google, use - (ie. dash) as a way to remove unwanted entries, like -pinocchio
  • See more tips at Wikipedia:Advanced source searching
  • You can search for related articles on Wikipedia (as in other pages or other languages) and access some sources there. Do not copy the reference in verbatim. Only after you've checked the source and that the source indeed verify the text, you may cite it in the article.

Reading and parsing sources

  • Use machine translation, either at a website or as built in to your web browser, for reading foreign article texts.
  • For foreign texts on Google Books where their texts cannot be copied, take a screenshot, go to Google Translate and click on the "Images" button. Upload the image there and Google Translate will translate the passage inside the image itself.
  • Use the text searching feature to locate what you are looking for faster, such as Ctrl+F on Windows or ⌘ Cmd+F on macOS.

Processing articles

  • Twinkle might be helpful for cleaning up article banners and nominating articles for deletion
  • While you're there, you could expand the article or clean up any other problems you see with it.
  • If you are familiar with AWB/JWB, you can use it to quickly add a "References" section and {{reflist}} template.

Popular articles[edit]

The articles below are some of the more popular pages on Wikipedia and thus might be easier to find sources. They are queried from pageviews analysis at Wikimedia Cloud Services (WMCS). Please remove entries once references have been added. This section should be updated every day.

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