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APA Style Citation Checker (and free Converter)

Citation Checker Citation Checker compares the citations within the text of an APA-style paper or book to the references listed in alphabetical order within the References section. The conversion module transforms the manuscript so that it meets the style requirements of other journals. Delivered as email attachment WORD add-in $25

This site provides information about, and communication options for, Citation Checker. You can also download a free trial version that has limited functionality, and then purchase a personal license ($25 USD) that provides full access to Citation Checker's features.

Citation Checker is an add-in (in Microsoft terminology, a global template) for Microsoft WORD (1997 and later). It works on both PC and MAC versions of WORD. 

Citation Checker’s primary use is to check for discrepancies between the citations within the text of an article and the references listed in alphabetical order within the References list. The program processes manuscripts whose citations and references are presented in accord with American Psychological Association (APA) style, in which within-text citations include author’s name and publication date, while references are presented alphabetically in a separate section headed by the word “References”. This format is used by journals in many domains other than psychology. The program can also be used for manuscripts such as dissertations that may employ a style variant permitting single-or-double spaced references separated by two paragraph markers (a paragraph marker results from clicking the <Enter> key). The program can handle manuscripts of any length.

Citation Checker also functions as a references builder. If you like to type a manuscript without putting in the actual references while you are focused on the text, the program can show the the citations in alphabetical order. For instance, I might type a sentence such as "a brilliant theory presented by Weiss and Weiss (2009) provided a solution to the long-standing...". I don't like to pause while waxing eloquent, so I just continue onward without looking up the reference. When I have finished, one click will generate a list of all of the citations, in the requisite alphabetical order. I then copy that list to my References section and insert the title, journal, etc.

Beginning with Version 3.0, Citation Checker now comes with a free Conversion module that yields a new document whose citations and references are re-formatted to meet the requirements of journals that impose style requirements that differ from APA style.

In the words of the APA Publication Manual, "Accurately prepared references help establish your credibility as a careful researcher. An inaccurate or incomplete reference will stand in print as an annoyance to future investigators and a monument to the writer's carelessness".