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Template documentation

This template produces a series of links to various search interfaces to help find additional reference material for articles. It is intended for use in maintenance tags such as Template:Notability, and should not be used directly in articles.

Usage

The first parameter is the main search term, which will be treated as a literal string if multi-part (e.g. Albert Einstein will be searched as the single string "Albert Einstein" not "Albert" and "Einstein" separately).

Optional subsequent parameters (up to 4) are additional search terms. They can be enclosed in double quotation marks, preceded by an unspaced - (hyphen) to exclude them from the search results, or both (e.g. -"Marilyn Monroe" to exclude matches containing the phrase "Marilyn Monroe", but not either name by itself, from the search results). You do not need to add -wikipedia, as the template automatically does this for you. Also, there is no need to add words in plural form unless irregular, as the search interface will match (for example) billiards as well given a search term of billiard.

If no parameters are given, the name of the current subpage is used as the search string. If the current subpage has a disambiguator in parentheses, e.g. Happy Birthday (Stevie Wonder song), then the main part of the page name will be quoted and the disambiguation text will follow, like "Happy Birthday" Stevie Wonder song. You can specify that another title be used by using the title parameter.

Search engines

The template includes links to the following search engines:

  • Google, the flagship search engine from Google Inc.
  • Google News, Google's search engine for news sites.
  • Google Newspapers, a search of Google's digital archive of print newspapers.
  • Google Books, Google's search engine for books.
  • Google Scholar, Google's search engine for academic papers and other scholarly research.
  • JSTOR, an online library containing digitised versions of academic journals. Requires a subscription.

Examples

  • Default search:
{{Find sources mainspace}}
produces:
Find sources: "Find sources mainspace" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR
  • Simple search:
{{Find sources mainspace|Albert Einstein}}
produces:
Find sources: "Albert Einstein" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR
  • Complex search:
{{Find sources mainspace|Albert Einstein|physics OR cosmology|-"Marilyn Monroe"|relativity|science}}
produces:
Find sources: "Albert Einstein" physics OR cosmology -"Marilyn Monroe" relativity science – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR

(Note that Google and many other search engines use capitalized boolean operators "OR" and "AND".)

  • Custom title search:
{{Find sources mainspace|title=Happy Birthday (Stevie Wonder song)}}
produces:
Find sources: "Happy Birthday" Stevie Wonder song – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR

See also