User:ProveIt GT

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Screenshot of ProveIt software.

ProveIt is a user script that makes it easy to find, edit, add, and cite references in Wikipedia articles.

You can check out our project website:, featuring a live working demo.

Contributors are welcome. Please post on the talk page or contact Superm401.

How to install[edit]

English Wikipedia[edit]

ProveIt, editing the Georgia Institute of Technology article in the initial minimized view

Note: If you've already installed ProveIt the old way (editing your user script page), delete any ProveIt-related code first.

  1. Log in to Wikipedia. If you don't have an account, you'll have to create one.
  2. Go to your Gadget preferences page.
  3. Find ProveIt under the "Editing" heading and check the box beside it.
  4. Click Save at the bottom of the page.

That's it! You may start using ProveIt immediately. You can practice by adding a reference to sample text at the Sandbox or go to any other Wikipedia article and click the Edit tab. Click "References" or "Add a Reference" to maximize ProveIt.

Non-English Wikipedia[edit]

Please see our install guide and select your language from the drop-down menu.

User guide, tutorial, help[edit]

For help with ProveIt, please check out our user guide and tutorials.

If you experience problems or notice a bug, file a bug report or leave a message on our talk page. You can also submit feedback or provide localizations.

Features and benefits[edit]

Easily create, edit, and find references[edit]

Use most popular citation formats[edit]

  • Optimized for one of Wikipedia’s most common citation formats, Cite.
    • In particular, it supports most of the Citation Style 1 templates, along with a few others.
  • Supports all major reference types – some better than others. For instance, Citation templates can be viewed and edited.

There when you need it, gone when you don’t[edit]

  • Automatically loads when you’re on a Wikipedia edit page, hides when you leave
  • Manually show or hide ProveIt with one click

Instantly find the reference you want[edit]

  • Visualizes all references in a single list
  • Easily scannable – title and icon for ref type
  • Click a reference to instantly locate it in the Wikipedia edit box

No need to memorize complex syntax[edit]

  • Visual interface for adding and editing references
  • Shows which fields are required and which are optional
  • Add and remove fields with one click

References with multiple citations – no longer a headache[edit]

  • Visually groups together multiple citations of a reference under a single heading
  • Cite the reference anywhere else in the article with one click

Create valid references and fix ones that aren’t[edit]

  • Produces clean, valid code every time
  • Broken or invalid references are easily identifiable in red

Easily install, update, and use ProveIt[edit]

Free and open source[edit]

Quick installation[edit]

  • Just enable the gadget in your preferences! (See above for a step-by-step guide.)

Works anywhere, any browser, all of the time[edit]

  • Cross-browser compatible: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, etc.
  • Linked to your Wikipedia account, so it shows up as soon as you log in – no need to install on multiple computers

Automatic updates[edit]

  • Always loads the latest fixes and features, instantly and automatically – you do nothing


You can optionally put this userbox on your user page to show you use ProveIt:

Code Result
{{Template:User ProveIt}}
ProveIt logo for user boxes.svg
This user simplifies Wikipedia referencing with ProveIt.

By using the above userbox, a person can add their name into the List of Wikipedians who use ProveIt.

Team and credits[edit]

ProveIt was originally developed by a team of Wikipedians at Georgia Tech, including Kurt Luther (MaxVeers), Matthew Flaschen (Mattflaschen), Terris Johnson, Amy Bruckman, Andrea Forte, and Christopher Jordan. The current primary developers are Felipe Schenone and Matthew Flaschen.

However, it's a free and open source software project, so other interested folks are encouraged to contribute. You can fork ProveIt on GitHub, which doesn't require any special permission. You can then submit a pull request, or comment on our talk page, when you have changes you'd like merged in to the main version.

As well as the core team, and others providing assistance, ProveIt depends on the following code and resources:

  • Translators
    • Olli (Finnish)
  • MediaWiki, including wikibits.js
  • MediaWiki core version of jQuery.
  • Icons from the Silk icon set (by Mark James, used under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License
  • MediaWiki core version of jQuery UI.
  • Public domain code from QuirksMode, by Peter-Paul Koch, particularly a modified version of his findPos function.
  • jQuery.textSelection from MediaWiki core.
  • Cross-browser regex split, by Steven Levithan, used under the MIT license.

External links[edit]