Academic Editing

An archive of posts related to editing and proofreading academic writing, including student essays. Find out how to edit academic work effectively.

  • How to Spot a Credible Source

    How to Spot a Credible Source

    Jul 28, 2022

    • Academic Editing
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Referencing and Citations

    As an academic editor, part of your job may involve making sure your client has backed up their argument by citing credible sources. But how can you tell if a source is reliable or not? In this post, we’ll take a look at what makes a source credible and what to do if you spot […]

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  • Proofreading Tips: When Can You Use the First Person in Academic Writing?

    Proofreading Tips: When Can You Use the First Person in Academic Writing?

    Dec 05, 2021

    • Academic Editing
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Style

    Many students are taught not to use the first person in academic writing. But is this always the case? And when should a proofreader change or comment on the point of view in scholarly work? In this post, we’ll explain the basics, including: Why the first person is traditionally avoided in academic writing. Differences in […]

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  • Proofreading Tips: Parentheses and Square Brackets in Chicago Style

    Nov 07, 2021

    • Academic Editing
    • Common Errors
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Punctuation
    • Style

    Parentheses and square brackets are punctuation marks used to set off certain bits of information from the main text in a document. They’re not too tricky, but different style guides can have slightly different rules for their usage. And, as a proofreader, you’ll need to check your client’s writing against these rules. This post, then, […]

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  • Proofreading Tips: Dos and Don'ts for Proofreading Academic Writing

    Nov 04, 2021

    • Academic Editing
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Style

    Academic proofreading is a common source of work for many freelancers. However, there are some specific rules and requirements for proofreading academic documents that set them apart from other types of documents. With that in mind, we’ve put together five dos and don’ts for proofreading academic writing: Do correct informal language. Don’t change the content. […]

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  • Proofreading Tips: How to Proofread Quotations

    Oct 23, 2021

    • Academic Editing
    • Common Errors
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Punctuation
    • Style

    Academic writing accounts for a significant portion of many freelance proofreaders’ work. And, along with some other non-fiction, academic writing often relies heavily on quotations. It is thus important to know how to proofread quotations. In this post, we give an overview of things to consider when proofreading quotations in academic or other non-fiction writing. […]

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  • A Guide to Referencing and Religious Texts

    Jul 17, 2021

    • Academic Editing
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Referencing and Citations
    • Style

    Religious texts, whether published as books or accessed online, often play by different rules when it comes to referencing. So, as a proofreader, you’ll need to pay particular attention to referencing if your client is citing the Bible, the Quran, or any other sacred text. Here, we set out the rules for citing religious texts […]

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  • Proofreading Tips: Punctuation in MHRA Style

    Jul 01, 2021

    • Academic Editing
    • Common Errors
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Punctuation
    • Style

    The MHRA Style Guide is often used in the humanities, especially in the UK. But what does a proofreader need to know when working on a document that follows this style? In this post, we will look at the rules for punctuation in MHRA style, including: General guidelines about the overall punctuation conventions in MHRA […]

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  • Proofreading Checklist: Thesis or Dissertation

    Jun 27, 2021

    • Academic Editing
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Proofreading Resources
    • Style

    Whether at master’s or PhD level, theses and dissertations are complex documents. This can make them difficult to proofread. With that in mind, though, we’ve prepared this handy proofreading checklist you can use when working on a thesis or dissertation. Parts of the Thesis/Dissertation Theses and dissertations typically comprise several parts, including: A strong title […]

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  • A Guide to Citing Shakespeare in Academic Writing

    A Guide to Citing Shakespeare in Academic Writing

    Jun 24, 2021

    • Academic Editing
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Referencing and Citations
    • Style

    Shakespeare’s plays are so influential that many style guides have special rules for citing them. As a proofreader, then, you’ll need to look out for citations like these when working on academic writing. Here, we’ll set out the key rules for citing Shakespeare plays in some of the major referencing systems, including the APA, Chicago, […]

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  • Proofreading Tips: Titles of Other Works in APA Style

    Proofreading Tips: Titles of Other Works in APA Style

    Jun 20, 2021

    • Academic Editing
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Referencing and Citations
    • Style

    The APA Publication Manual is widely used in academic writing, especially in the social and sciences. If you’re proofreading this type of writing, you need to know how to format titles of other works in APA style. Here, then, we’ll offer some advice for proofreaders on the following: Where APA style suggests using title case […]

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