Citation Checking


If you are preparing a manuscript in a humanities or social science discipline, I can check your citations for:

  • Formatting: Making sure citations (footnotes and/or bibliography) conform to the appropriate format (Chicago, MLA, APA, or Harvard) and to the publisher’s specifications.
  • Accuracy: Checking titles, authors’ names, publishing information, page references, and quotations.


As the editorial assistant for the Journal of the American Musicological Society in 2012–13, I checked the citations for every article in the three issues of Vol. 66 (2013). More recently, I have checked citations for the Journal of Musicology.

Access to Sources

I am an adjunct professor, and my access to books and research databases may vary from one semester to the next. I can often find much of the information I need through Google Books and other publicly available resources, and I will make a note of any sources I can’t access. I can’t check accuracy for non-digitized archival material or rare books.

Language and Format

I only work on texts in English, but I’m comfortable checking sources in French, Spanish, Italian, and German.


My standard rate is $36/hour for projects that are article-length (c. 8,000-12,000 words) or shorter. An article typically takes me between five and ten hours, depending on the number of citations (and the number of errors!) and whether any major revision of formatting is needed. For longer texts such as a book manuscript, contact me for a project-based quote.

If you are an adjunct professor, independent scholar, or graduate student, or if the work would be an accommodation for a disability, contact me about discounted rates.


Send me your manuscript by email as a Word document and describe what you need me to do, if we haven’t already discussed it. I will make my corrections and comments using Track Changes and send the edited document back to you along with an invoice.

We will agree on a deadline before I start work. In most cases, I can check citations for an article within two weeks. I do not currently offer rush delivery.