Style, formatting and research for bibliographies

A bibliography is one of the most important parts of any piece of academic work. It establishes the credentials of your research, buttresses your argument and provides information for future reading. It is also, word for word, the most information-rich part of your article or thesis and therefore the part most likely to be referred to by your readers. If your work is to be published in an online repository such as JSTOR your bibliography needs to be machine-readable so that readers can search items effectively. It is essential that it is presented in a consistent and clear format (whether that is Chicago, Harvard, MLA ...).

However, precisely because every word and digit counts, it is also the most tedious and time-consuming part of your work to proofread.

And that's to say nothing of all the follow-up research required to chase those missing page numbers, editors' initials and places of publication. Wouldn't you rather be writing?

After years working on major online reference works I not only understand, from the perspective of an electronic publisher, the importance of accurately formatted bibliographies, but also know, from the perspective of an author and editor, the frustrations involved in putting such a thing together.

If you are struggling to get your bibliography into shape and would rather spend time on your text, then get in touch to find out how I can help.

P.S. You might be surprised at how little it costs to have someone do all that legwork for you.