Citation correction by professionals

Personalized feedback

Our citation experts add comments, point out inconsistencies, and provide helpful tips.

For all citation styles

Our citation experts are familiar with all common citation styles and adhere to your university’s requirements.

Detailed check

Our citation experts correct every error and format your bibliography.


For all common citation styles

Whether APA, Harvard, or German citation style: Our experts are very familiar with different citation styles.

They make sure that

  • all important information is presented
  • style guide requirements are met
  • the correct formatting is adhered to
  • the layout of your bibliography is correct.

Get professional help

Books, websites, and articles—each type of source has its own format, and it’s hard to keep track of all the details. Luckily, we can help you with this.

This is what we need from you:

  • a bibliography with all the sources you used
  • the information on each source
  • references in the text or footnotes for all direct and indirect quotations

AI Citation Checker

Correction in 5 minutes

The interactive APA Citation Checker report lets you fix errors quickly.

Unlimited checks

For a one-time fee, you can upload your file as many times as you need in order to fix any mistakes.

Important corrections

The tool checks your bibliography and text citations and sees if they match up.

Mistakes are easy to make but hard to spot

Citations can be tricky, and it’s easy to overlook mistakes. Is it (Brown et al 2020) or (Brown et al., 2020)? Don’t worry — our AI-powered scan will catch the smallest mistakes, including:

  • punctuation and capitalization errors
  • incorrect usage of “et al.”
  • missing information
  • inconsistencies between citations and references


Easily detect missing references

You’re putting the final touches on your paper, but you still need to check your citations. Last-minute troubleshooting is stressful and time-consuming, just when there are other things you’d rather focus on.

The APA Citation Checker detects missing references in your document. Accidental plagiarism doesn’t stand a chance!

Why Scribbr?

Well-trained experts

Our experts are always up to date on the latest developments, such as the new APA 7th edition guidelines.

Great customer service

Our customer support team is happy to answer any questions you may have before, during, or after using our services.

Need help with your citations?
See what’s right for you.

Hire a Citation Expert

Hire a Citation Expert

Experienced Citation Experts perfect your citations for you, with 100% accuracy in any citation style. You can sit back and relax!

All Citation Styles • $2.75 per source

  • Edited by experienced Citation Experts
  • Accept edits from your Citation Expert with just a click
  • Get your paper back within 24 hours
  • In-text citations, missing references, and formatting of your reference list
  • Ask your Citation Expert any follow-up question.
  • Perfect for you if you’re looking for help with your reference list and in-text citations. An expert will perfect your document before you hand it in!
  • APA, MLA, Chicago, Vancouver, Harvard style, and institution-specific guidelines
Use AI-powered software

Use AI-powered software

Citations are checked on over 100 APA guidelines, after which you’ll receive an interactive report highlighting all errors and outlining their solutions.

APA Only • $9.95

  • Powered by advanced machine learning technology
  • Fix issues yourself with the help of automatically generated solutions
  • Receive your citation report within a few minutes
  • In-text citations and detects missing references
  • Access to helpful articles and videos about citing sources
  • Perfect for you if your reference list is good to go and you need to spot any leftover mistakes which you can fix yourself!
  • Only available for APA 6th edition & APA 7th edition

See example report

Fantastic service!!

“Excellent review of a paper that was deciding my grade. I appreciate both the edits and the feedback to increase my knowledge of correct APA formatting and accurate citations. I needed the paper returned quickly, and the team worked hard to make sure I had what I needed. I just got my grade back, A+. I would 100% use this service again, it was worth every penny!!!!!!”

— Skye


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Frequently asked questions

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What information do I need to provide for the Citation Editing service?

When booking the Citation Editing service, you’ll be asked to indicate how many sources you have in your reference list. You’ll also need to indicate which reference style you’re using. We provide the service for the styles APA (6th and 7th editions), MLA, Chicago, Vancouver, Harvard, Deutsche Zitierweise, and university-specific guidelines.

Please note that we do not create entire references or apply style guidelines from scratch. Please also make sure that the information you added for your reference is correct. We cannot research each reference list and validate its content; we focus on formatting your reference list and in-text citations according to your selected citation style.

If you only add URLs, for example, we cannot edit it or create a reference entry for you. Rather, please ensure that you have already added the entries so that our experts can make sure it’s consistent and flawless in style.

If your citations are already good to go, and you just want to do a last check, you can also use our AI-powered APA Citation Checker. This tool flags minor mistakes that you can then fix yourself.

Which languages are supported?

We offer the human Citation Editing service for:

  • English
  • German
  • Dutch
  • French

The APA Citation Checker tool can check documents in the following languages:

  • English
  • German
  • Dutch
  • French
  • Spanish
Which citation styles are supported?

The APA Citation Checker is an AI-based tool that currently supports APA Style 6th edition (2009) and 7th edition (2020). We are working hard to support more citation styles in the future.

Scribbr’s Citation Editing Service is performed by a human citation expert and supports APA 6, APA 7, MLA, Chicago, Vancouver, Harvard, Deutsche Zitierweise, and university-specific guidelines. Unfortunately, due to their complexity, we cannot check law-based reference styles.

If you have your own version of any of the above styles (for example, a specific Harvard guideline), please select “own guidelines” and upload your manual during the upload process.

What does the Citation Editing service include?

When performing the Citation Editing service, your Scribbr expert will:

  • Ensure that your chosen citation style is applied consistently
  • Ensure that punctuation and capitalization, as well as the use of “et al.,” are correct
  • Check for any inconsistencies between your in-text citations and your list of references
  • Find missing information in certain cases (e.g., when the publisher of a book is missing from a reference list entry)
  • Add missing authors should “et al.” be used incorrectly (if your document provides enough information about a given source to allow your expert to research it)
  • Check the layout and consistency of your reference list
  • Flag reference list entries that seem incomplete (in the event that there is not enough information to research the sources in question)

The Citation Editing service does not include the following:

  • Creating a reference list from scratch
  • Creating references for website URLs
  • Conducting research to find missing information when all or most of the sources in a text are incomplete
  • Checking whether the information that is already included in a text is correct (e.g., the spellings of authors’ names, dates of publication, titles, etc.)
  • Providing feedback on the quality and/or relevance of sources
  • Providing feedback on the number of citations provided
  • Editing or formatting quotations
  • Adjusting the formatting of in-text citations (e.g., converting in-text references to footnotes)
  • Converting existing references into a different citation style
  • Adding missing sources to the reference list
I am missing information in my reference list. Can Scribbr make sure all required information is present?

This will depend on the type of missing information. For example, a book reference always contains the author’s name, the title, the year of publication, and the publisher. If one of these crucial details is missing, your citation expert will research the information and add it wherever possible.

Your citation expert cannot, however, complete your reference list for you. Depending on the missing information, they may ask you to add it yourself. Your expert also cannot verify if the information you provided is correct, as they focus on applying the selected guidelines correctly and consistently.