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