Mistakes are easy to make but hard to spot

Citations can be tricky, and it’s easy to overlook mistakes. Is it (Brown et al 2020) or (Brown et al., 2020)? Don’t worry — our AI-powered scan will catch the smallest mistakes, including;

  • Punctuation and capitalization errors
  • Incorrect usage of “et al.”
  • Missing information
  • Inconsistencies between citations and references

Easily detect missing references

You’re putting the final touches on your paper, but you still need to check your citations. Last-minute troubleshooting is stressful and time-consuming, just when there are other things you’d rather focus on.

The APA Citation Checker detects missing references in your document. The interactive report then allows you to fix them quickly and easily, resolving issues in seconds.

⚙️ Styles APA 6th & 7th edition
💸 Try for free No signup required
🔍 100% accuracy Use AI or human citation experts
🚀 Fast & easy Done within minutes

Take it to the next level: Get help from an expert

Books, webpages, articles: each source type has its own reference format. Getting the details right in APA, MLA, Chicago, Vancouver, or Harvard style is important.

Scribbr’s Citation Experts edit hundreds of references every week. They’re familiar with the latest guidelines and can handle any citation style. An expert will review every reference to ensure:

  • The right information is included
  • Style guide requirements are met
  • Capitalization, punctuation, and formatting are spot-on
  • The layout of the reference page is correct

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Use AI-powered software

Use AI-powered software

Citations are checked on over 100 APA guidelines, after which you’ll receive an interactive report highlighting all errors and outlining their solutions.

APA Only • $9.95

  • Powered by advanced machine learning technology
  • Fix issues yourself with the help of automatically generated solutions
  • Receive your citation report within a few minutes
  • In-text citations and detects missing references
  • Access to helpful articles and videos about citing sources
  • Perfect for you if your reference list is good to go and you need to spot any leftover mistakes which you can fix yourself!
  • Only available for APA 6th edition & APA 7th edition

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Hire a Citation Expert

Hire a Citation Expert

Experienced Citation Experts perfect your citations for you, with 100% accuracy in any citation style. You can sit back and relax!

All Citation Styles • $2.75 per source

  • Edited by experienced Citation Experts
  • Accept edits from your Citation Expert with just a click
  • Get your paper back within 24 hours
  • In-text citations, missing references, and formatting of your reference list
  • Ask your Citation Expert any follow-up question.
  • Perfect for you if you’re looking for help with your reference list and in-text citations. An expert will perfect your document before you hand it in!
  • APA, MLA, Chicago, Vancouver, Harvard style, and institution-specific guidelines

Why choose Scribbr?

Well-trained experts

Our experts are always up to date on the latest developments, such as the new APA 7th edition guidelines.

Great customer service

Our customer support team is happy to answer any questions you may have before, during, or after using our services.

Fantastic service!!

“Excellent review of a paper that was deciding my grade. I appreciate both the edits and the feedback to increase my knowledge of correct APA formatting and accurate citations. I needed the paper returned quickly, and the team worked hard to make sure I had what I needed. I just got my grade back, A+. I would 100% use this service again, it was worth every penny!!!!!!”

— Skye

Still working on your paper?

Use our handy Citation Generator for APA, MLA, Harvard and Chicago. The easiest way to generate citations and a complete reference-list for your document.

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Frequently asked questions

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Does the APA Citation Checker check my reference entries?

Reference entries are cross-checked with in-text citations to make sure there are no inconsistencies or missing entries. However, the APA Citation Checker does not check the contents or formatting of the reference entries themselves.

Which languages are supported?

The APA Citation Checker can check documents in the following languages:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • German
  • French
  • Dutch
Which citation styles are supported?

The APA Citation Checker currently supports APA Style 6th edition (2009) and 7th edition (2020). We are working hard to support more citation styles in the future.

Need help with a different citation style? Check out Scribbr’s Citation Editing Service.

Can I check my document multiple times?

Yes. After fixing your citations, you can upload your revised document and perform a second check free of charge. This way, you can rest assured that you haven’t introduced any new mistakes.

What’s the difference between the APA Citation Checker and Citation Editing?

The APA Citation Checker is an automated tool that helps you detect and resolve issues with your in-text citations. Citation Editing is performed by human citation experts who will edit your in-text citations and reference entries.