April 26 2012

Editing a list of references

by Barbie in Research, Style

Admit it: Your list of references can be a pain. Compiling all of the sources you used during your research and then finding all sorts of information for each source — from the editors and translators to the publisher, location, and year — is a time-consuming task. There are bound to be some mistakes in this tedious work. That’s why it’s important to have an editor who knows your style guide meticulously review your list of references.

Here are some of the things we check when we’re editing references:

  • Do the links work? We copy and paste every link into a web browser to ensure it’s up to date.
  • Are the right number of authors listed? Each style guide has different rules for how to list authors. We make sure they’re correct.
  • Is the source reputable? Anonymous blog posts and sites like Wikipedia aren’t reliable sources of information.
  • Is all of the right information included for each source? For example, journal articles require an article title, journal title, volume and issue numbers, page numbers, and often a URL.
  • Is the information formatted properly? APA calls for book titles to be italicized and sentence case, while journal articles are normal text and sentence case. Journal titles are italicized and title case. Confused yet?

A lot can go wrong in a list of references. We can make sure your sources are right. We know AMA, AP, APA, MLA, and Chicago. Contact us today!