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This is a documentation subpage for Template:Reflist.
It contains usage information, categories, and other content that is not part of the original template page.
Template:Reflist invokes function reflist in Module:References using Lua.
Template:Reflist invokes Module:References using Lua.

Use this template to create a reference list in an article with a small font. For details on how to use references, see the reference guide.


The basic usage requires no parameters:



If the references contain a large number of quotes, to hide the quotes (and only the quotes) add quotes=no:


Column controls

There are two ways of controlling columns: setting the number of columns and setting the width of the columns. By default there is one column.

Note: multiple columns currently render properly only in Gecko-based browsers (such as Mozilla Firefox) and WebKit-based browsers (such as Safari and Chrome), though the feature is included in CSS3, so it should work for a larger number of browsers in the future.


The number of columns is controlled using the first unnamed parameter. Using {{Reflist|2}} will create a two-column reference list, and {{Reflist|3}} will create a three-column list.


The width of columns is controlled using the colwidth Using {{Reflist|colwidth=30em}} will allow the browser to automatically choose the number of columns based on the width of the web browser. The width supports and of the standard CSS length units: px, pt, em, %. Choose a column width that's appropriate for the average width of the references on the page.


To list references in a group, add group=groupname:


See here for more on reference groups.

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The following information is used by extensions and applications, such as VisualEditor, to help users implement this template onto pages. Please ensure that it is up-to-date.

Creates a reference list in an article.

Template parameters

This template prefers inline formatting of parameters.

Column number1

Number of columns the list is seperated into.


Limits the references listed to a specified group.


Hides quotes inside the reference list when set to "no".

Column widthcolwidth

Width of the columns. Supports standard CSS length units as input.