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REFERENCE AUDIT

Comprehensive Dissertation Editing
We address the gamut of detailed formatting rules applying to all segments of your dissertation, from body text and headings to references, citations, tables, and figures. We’re extremely proud of our comprehensive three-stage dissertation editing service for our clients, and here’s a closer look at this support in detail:

  1. Sentence-level support, which includes addressing any problems regarding passive voice and anthropomorphism, as well as correcting any spelling, grammar, or structural issues within the text. As part of this service, our dissertation editors will address:

 

    • Anthropomorphism
    • Capitalization
    • Comma use
    • Consistency of style
    • Contractions
    • Effect vs. affect
    • First-person elimination
    • Flow
    • Identifying overly-subjective tone
    • Over-quotation
    • Parallelism
    • Passive voice
    • Punctuation
    • Redundancy
    • Removing relative time reference
    • Scholarly precision and tone
    • Series commas
    • Subject-verb agreement

     

  1. Formatting support ranges from a standard review of the text according to APA, MLA, Chicago, Turabian, OSCOLA, and Harvard styles (or whichever style guide you must follow for your dissertation editing), to closely comparing the text to specific university or publication requirements to ensure all guidelines are followed (e.g., correct order and placement of the text in all front matter and appendices, correct headings, margins, pagination, and a complete, automated Table of Contents).

 

    • Appendix formatting
    • Automatic lists of tables and figures
    • Automatic table of contents
    • Body formatting
    • Creating proper headers and footers
    • Figure and table captions
    • Front matter set-up
    • Numeration
    • Block quotes
    • Headings
    • Pagination
    • Preparing approval sheets
    • Proper spacing
    • Removing bullets and bolding
    • Table formatting
    • In-text citations, reference lists, and/or footnotes

     

  1. Reference audit support, which combs through your entire dissertation and identify any “missing links” between your in-text citations and full reference list–and, in most cases, identify and add the missing citation information to your reference list (or, alternately, remove out-dated or “leftover” citations or sources from earlier drafts that were missed during earlier dissertation editing). Common examples of issues requiring a full reference audit include:

 

    • Citations in the body of the text without corresponding information in reference list
    • Reference listings that are never cited in the dissertation or thesis chapters
    • Misspellings or misordered lists of authors’ names or years
    • Identify missing references
    • Missing volume, issue, or publisher information for full reference listings
    • Missing DOI or url information
    • Incomplete information for book chapters, online sources, or other “tricky” entries in reference editing
    • Construct your bibliography from scratch from your written draft
    • Organize citations in bibliographic systems like EndNote and RefWorks

     

    To ensure we’re able to use our expertise for all of our dissertation consulting clients, regardless of discipline or topic, we have access to multiple major research libraries, giving us full-text access to hundreds of major journals and databases, including JSTOR, EBSCOhost, ProQuest, ScienceDirect, and many others. This access allows us to help you fill in the gaps if your references are missing information such as place of publication or volume number.