Academic Proofreading Resources

Academic proofreading resources There are plenty of resources available online that you can use to help you with any proofreading work you do. To help you get a headstart in the world of academic proofreading, our tutors have compiled a list of their favourite academic proofreading resources.

Academic Proofreading Resources: General Tips

There are some resources on the Proofreading Academy and Proofed websites that you can use while proofreading. These include:
  • Proofreading Academy's Resources Area – If you're here, we can assume you've already found it! Aside from this academic proofreading resources section, this area of our website contains links to downloadable checklists, online guides, proofreading tools, and other resources for professional development.
  • Proofreading Academy's Advice Page – Hints, tips, tricks, and best practices to help you become an even more effective proofreader. You can browse by category or search for something specific.
  • Proofed's Writing Tips – Proofed’s team of experts posts daily about spelling, grammar, punctuation, word choice, referencing, and more to help you better understand the English language and improve your writing skills. Use the search field to find a post on a specific topic or browse recent posts.

Academic Proofreading Resources: Referencing

Our tutors have gathered together some of their favourite referencing resources. These are based on the referencing styles we cover in the Becoming A Proofreader course:
APA Referencing
  • APA: Official Website and Style Blog – The authority on APA Style and the 7th edition of the APA Publication Manual. You can also download some sample papers. Just click on Instructional Aids > Sample Papers.
  • APA: Formatting APA Reference Lists – You can find many examples of reference list entries here. And for help citing different types of sources, select the downloadable formatting guide.
  • APA: In-Text Citations in APA Referencing – All you ever wanted to know about setting out in-text citations in APA.
  • APA: Quizzes – Test your APA knowledge. Make sure to select the 7th edition for the most recent version of APA referencing.
Other Referencing Styles
  • MLA: Style Center – While the most authoritative information on MLA is in their official handbook, their online Style Center does have some useful information about MLA referencing. See the dropdown menu under Citing Sources at the top of the page for more information.
  • Chicago: Quick Citation Guide – Choose between footnotes and author-date referencing here, depending on which style your client is using. Chicago also offers a paid subscription to their full online style and referencing guide.
  • IEEE: Referencing Guide PDF – IEEE referencing is a citation style created by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. It was originally designed for use in the IEEE's various journals, but it is also commonly used for academic papers in technical fields.
  • Harvard: Open University Guide – Please note that Harvard is a generic author-date referencing style. Its specific rules can thus vary with the version used, and many universities have their own in-house version. Please check which version of Harvard your client is using before proofreading their references using any guide.
We hope you find these academic proofreading resources helpful. For tips about other referencing styles, see the Referencing and Citations section of our Advice page.